Spa­niard’s Bay en­dorses new tax re­cov­ery plan

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Spa­niard’s Bay ap­proved a new tax re­cov­ery plan geared to­wards im­prov­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s record when it comes to col­lect­ing fees and taxes from res­i­dents.

Un­der the plan, res­i­dents and busi­nesses will be no­ti­fied in Jan­uary what they owe the town for the new fis­cal year. State­ments with out­stand­ing bal­ances will be is­sued in March, fol­lowed by state­ments in June with no­ti­fi­ca­tion of po­ten­tial dis­con­nec­tion from town ser­vices, and fur­ther state­ments for Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber in­di­cat­ing that dis­con­nec­tion is pend­ing.

“It may get to the point of dis­con­nec­tion of ser­vices and/ or other le­gal col­lec­tion mea­sures,” town man­ager Tony Ryan said dur­ing last Mon­day’s meet­ing.

“We have from time-to­time peo­ple who come when we send out no­tices. We’ll get peo­ple who come in and make ar­range­ments to pay on their ac­count. Some do it in good faith. Some do it just for the sake of do­ing it, and af­ter so many pay­ments re­ceived, we end up hav­ing to start all over again, un­for­tu­nately, when they de­fault on pay­ments and this sort of stuff.”

For prop­erty taxes, Spa­niard’s Bay has col­lected al­most 97 per cent of all amounts owed over the course of its his­tory. For 2016, the col­lec- tion rate sits at just over 83 per cent.

The town has per­formed well his­tor­i­cally on wa­ter and sewer col­lec­tion, with al­most 96 per cent of all taxes col­lected. For the cur­rent years, that rate dips to 65.8 per cent. Busi­ness tax col­lec­tion cur­rently sits at 88.7 per cent for 2016.

For all taxes and fees com­bined, the town has a 97 per cent col­lec­tion rate for its en­tire his­tory and 79.6 for 2016.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved the new plan at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

It may get to the point of dis­con­nec­tion of ser­vices and/or other le­gal col­lec­tion mea­sures. Tony Ryan

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Tony Ryan is the town man­ager of Spa­niard’s Bay.

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