South Glengarry’s treasurer and general manager of corporate services Lachlan McDonald earned some high praise from the township’s CAO last week for his work in tackling municipal tax arrears this year.
“This council, in January, realized that we were in a situation where we had to be more than just a little bit aggressive when it comes to outstanding taxes,” Bryan Brown said.
“Well, I can tell you that since the end of February, Lachlan has been responsible for the collection of over $1.5 million in taxes that were outstanding beyond three years. And I know from talking to CAOs from across Ontario that his efforts in that regard have been outstanding. That’s a lot of money in a short time.”
In mid-February, the township’s corporate services department, led by Mr. McDonald, initiated a campaign to lower the amount of outstanding property tax accounts in the municipality that were three years or more in arrears. In early April, the treasurer provided council with a report outlining the progress of that initiative. His department had as of April 2 collected $658,000 “of which $320,000 can be directly attributed to our efforts.”
Following Mr. Brown’s news last week, Mr. McDonald received a round of applause from council, staff and the public gallery which left him, in his words, “all flustered,” but humbly appreciative.