Out­stand­ing col­lec­tion

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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