Com­mu­nity dis­cusses fu­ture of Lit­tle Nar­rows Com­mu­nity Hall

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

The Lit­tle Nar­rows Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (LNCDA) called a fol­low-up meet­ing on Feb. 27 to dis­cuss the fate of the com­mu­nity’s hall.

On Dec. 18, the LNCDA ex­ec­u­tive in­formed the com­mu­nity that Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA) had re­voked the as­so­ci­a­tion’s char­i­ta­ble sta­tus ef­fec­tive March 2014 for fail­ing to file its year end re­turns in 2012 and 2013.

“As long as we kept our sta­tus, that would be fine. But, be­cause we lost it, we had to re-ap­ply. When we re-ap­plied to get it, we were ap­ply­ing un­der the new reg­u­la­tions and we didn’t qual­ify un­der the new reg­u­la­tions,” ex­plained LNCDA sec­re­tary Brenda Macneil at the Feb. 27 meet­ing.

Vic­to­ria County Dis­trict # 1 Coun­cil­lor Paul Macneil sought help from MP Mark Eyk­ing’s of­fice on Dec. 19, but LNCDA President Calvin Macinnis said Eyk­ing’s of­fice was un­able to in­ter­vene.

One com­mu­nity mem­ber in­quired why the year end re­turns were not filed.

LNCDA ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers Ge­orgina Macleod and Johnny An­gus Math­e­son replied that the year-end fi­nan­cials had been au­dited and signed off on, but the President and Trea­surer at the time ne­glected to sub­mit them. All were en­cour­aged to let the mat­ter rest.

With char­i­ta­ble sta­tus re­voked, the LNCDA must do one of three things: trans­fer as­sets to an­other qual­i­fied char­ity, sell the as­sets and do­nate the money to char­ity, or send the money to the CRA for pay­ment of tax. LNCDA as­sets in­clude the Lit­tle Nar­rows Com­mu­nity Hall and the Iona Fire Depart­ment sub­sta­tion.

The as­sets are cur­rently val­ued at $214,033. LNCDA ex­pects this amount will be greatly re­duced once as­sets have been re­assessed.

“We’re be­tween a rock and a hard place,” said Char­lene Ellis, a resident of Lit­tle Nar­rows for the past 54 years. “We have to do what we have to do and move for­ward.”

The meet­ing con­cluded with a mo­tion car­ried to write a let­ter to the Iona Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment to in­quire whether the LNCDA could con­vey their as­sets to the depart­ment. The Iona VFD holds sta­tus as a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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