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Council considers grant for Legion

The Parksville Legion missed the deadline for property tax exemptions, but city council will consider a grant to cover the taxes out of the city’s 2013 final budget, which has to be approved before June 2013.

Mayor Chris Burger said it appeared to be an honest mistake on the Legion’s behalf, and agreed that the Legion is in tough financial shape and “we need to be supporting the Legion more now than any time before.”

“I do believe that the Legion is in very dire straights, financially speaking,” Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson. “They’re in desperate need of a new building or at least upgrading what they have,” she said touting the organization’s community services and donations.

Coun. Bill Neufeld, a legion member, called the Parksville Legion “land-rich but cash-poor.”

The Legion owns four the lots along Hirst Avenue between the Rod & Gun and SOS and has been talking about redeveloping since at least 1985.

The goal is to find a partner to build a new mixed use facility with a Legion, housing and/or commercial space, costing the Legion nothing and maybe even generating revenue.

Council’s new advisory committee will discuss property tax exemptions in the new year, said chair Al Greir.

 

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