Spaniard’s Bay endorses new tax recovery plan
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
Tony Ryan is the town manager of Spaniard’s Bay.