Prop­er­ties leased to char­i­ties no longer tax ex­empt

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

TRURO, N.S. – Colch­ester County prop­er­ties that are leased to a char­ity or so­ci­ety are no longer el­i­gi­ble for tax ex­emp­tion.

That is the rul­ing of county coun­cil fol­low­ing a re­cent staff re­view of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Tax Ex­emp­tion By­law of prop­er­ties not ac­tu­ally owned by a char­ity or so­ci­ety.

“It has to go to the (prop­erty) owner,” Mayor Chris­tine Blair said, of fu­ture tax bills.

The Colch­ester Food Bank, for ex­am­ple, leases prop­erty on Blair Av­enue in Tata­m­agouche from Sobeys for its cloth­ing bank. The as­sessed value on that prop­erty is cur­rently set at $46,700, which would gen­er­ate an an­nual tax rev­enue of $1,064.76.

In the past, that tax bill has been waived be­cause the prop­erty has been used by a char­ity. Go­ing for­ward, how­ever, Sobeys now will be billed the tax­able amount. Like­wise, for the Fundy Trail Snow­mo­bile Club in Folly Lake. It leases prop­erty from Qual­ity Con­crete, which had been re­ceiv­ing tax ex­empt sta­tus.

The mu­nic­i­pal as­sess­ment on that prop­erty is $176,700, which means that Qual­ity Con­crete now will be taxed at a rate of $4,028.76 per year. St. Mary’s Archery Club in Truro leases prop­erty from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. That site has been deemed as re­source land and now will gen­er­ate an an­nual tax bill of $192.93.

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