Panel dis­cus­sion on Property Tax As­sess­ment Process

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED BY THE SWIFT CUR­RENT AND DISTRICT CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

The Swift Cur­rent and District Cham­ber of Com­merce will be host­ing an panel dis­cus­sion on April 1st from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Liv­ing Sky Casino. This event is the Property Tax As­sess­ment Process and will in­clude a panel of up to seven property tax ex­perts. “If you have ever wanted to learn more about how our property taxes are cal­cu­lated or how the sys­tem works, this is the com­mu­nity’s chance to come find out.” said Swift Cur­rent and District Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO Darla Lind­b­jerg. “Most people, my­self in­cluded, can get overwhelme­d by the tech­ni­cal­i­ties around the process. The Cham­ber’s board of di­rec­tors has tasked me with property taxes as one of our or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fo­cus ar­eas in 2014. We want to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on how the process works right off the bat and let them ask their ques­tions in a set­ting where a va­ri­ety of ex­perts are present so we can get some def­i­nite and clear an­swers as an out­come.”

The Property Tax As­sess­ment Process panel dis­cus­sion will in­clude lo­cal, provin­cial and cham­ber ex­perts, some of whom who have spent 20+ years work­ing in this field. These in­clude:

• Michael Kehler, City of Swift Cur­rent Property Tax As­sess­ment Of­fice

• Kent Smith-Wind­sor, Saskatoon Cham­ber of Com­merce - Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

• John Hop­kins, Regina Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO

• Steve Suchan & As­so­ciate, SAMA - Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Tech­ni­cal Stan­dards & Pol­icy

• Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Min­istry of Govern­ment Re­la­tions

“The last time ses­sions were held to ex­plain property tax was around two years ago I be­lieve.” said Lind­b­jerg. “I have been told that out of two ses­sions only three people at­tended. Our mem­ber­ship has been bring­ing this is­sue to our ta­ble, so I be­lieve there are some ques­tions out there in the com­mu­nity, but ul­ti­mately num­bers are what dic­tates whether some­thing is an is­sue or not for our com­mu­nity. If the room is full, we know it is some­thing we need to be tak­ing se­ri­ously and deal­ing with.”

The for­mat of the event will start off with John Hop­kins, CEO of the Regina Cham­ber of Com­merce giv­ing a Property Tax for Dum­mies over­view of the process, Michael Kehler will talk about how the process works lo­cally, fol­lowed by SAMA ex­plain­ing some of the rules and reg­u­la­tions sur­round­ing the process and up­com­ing changes. Kent Smith-Wind­sor, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Saskatoon Cham­ber of Com­merce will be un­veil­ing re­search re­sults un­der­taken by Cham­bers across Saskatchew­an last year through the C.D. Howe In­sti­tute’s Study.

This event is open to the gen­eral pub­lic, both mem­bers and non-mem­bers of the Cham­ber of Com­merce. To reg­is­ter, go to www.swiftcur­rentcham­ber.c a and click on the link un­der events or call the Cham­ber of­fice at 306-773-7268. This event is free, how­ever the Cham­ber is ask­ing that at­ten­dees reg­is­ter in ad­vance so they can be aware of how many will be at­tend­ing.

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