70 er­ro­neous tax bills re­main

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - - Steven War­bur­ton

North Glen­garry’s foren­sic au­dit into er­ro­neous prop­erty tax bills is near­ing com­ple­tion.

The town­ship’s CAO Daniel Gagnon says that there are 70 po­ten­tially er­rant tax ac­counts left and that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity hopes to have “some sort of clar­ity” in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

In Jan­uary, tax­pay­ers started com­plain­ing to the town­ship that their tax bills were un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally high. Over the en­su­ing months, some 551 ac­counts were iden­ti­fied as “prob­lem­atic.” In March, Mr. Gagnon an­nounced that fraud­u­lent ac­tions could be be the cause of the tax bill prob­lems.

Coun­cil dis­cussed the is­sue in pri­vate af­ter its Aug. 21 meet­ing.

Al­though Mr. Gagnon couldn’t dis­cuss the specifics of that meet­ing, he al­lowed that the fi­nal 70 ac­counts are the more dif­fi­cult ones.

The foren­sic au­di­tor, the Toronto-based Deloitte ac­count­ing firm, con­tin­ues to work on the mat­ter.

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