Open forum to discuss municipal taxation
KIRKLAND LAKE - On Tuesday, the public is being invited to Heritage North for a town hall style meeting. The meeting is designed so that CAO Peter Avgoustis can discuss the modernization of the municipality’s tax policy.
According to town officials there has been a lot of confusion since Avgoustis first announced the forum.
According to an information release on the Town of Kirkland Lake website the meeting is “An opportunity for property owners across all of Kirkland Lake to come hear a presentation and have input.” and it should be noted no decisions will be made at the meeting.
The release goes on to say the moderization policy “t will affect everyone in Swastika, Chaput Hughes, Kirkland Lake in addition to those in Harvey Kirkland, Bernhardt & Morrisette.
The municipality’s tax policy is designed to look at the equity in the way property taxes are distributed.
Currently there are three areas of Kirkland Lake that pay different taxes and receive different services. Kirkland Lake, Chaput Hughes, Swastika and Harvey Kirkland are all taxed at 100 per cent while Bernhardt & Morrisette are taxed at 35 per cent.
Town officials stress this is not a way to make extra money, This is about redistributing the property taxburden in a fair and equitable manner across Bernhardt, Morrisette, Chaput Hughes, Swastika, Kirkland Lake and Harvey Kirkland.”
Officials say they are reviewing the policy because it’s been 33 years since the annexation of Bernhardt and Morrisette townships and a lot of changes have been made in legislation, funding of services and individual neighbourhoods.
Avgoustis will make a presentation to council and a decision will be made either that month of in January.