Tax-exemptions policy sent back to staff again

It’s expected to return to Parksville city council for a vote July 15

Parksville council referred their new permissive taxation policy back to their next council meeting, much to the frustration of advisory chair coun. Al Grier.

Council had referred the complex review of their policy allowing non-profit organizations to apply for property tax exemptions to their citizen advisory committee and have gone back and forth on minor adjustments over the last several council meetings.

The new policy wasn’t on the agenda and most councillors said they hadn’t received it before the meeting and wouldn’t vote on it without having time to read it first.

“Council has had time to read it, it’s not that complicated,” Greir retorted. “I’m disappointed it’s going back to the city, but that’s the way it is.”

The latest version would cap the total value of exemptions at $200,000 to $245,000 over time or 1.67 to 1.7 per cent of the city budget, compared to the 1.55 per cent proposed in the previous version.

During the question period at the end Greir invited committee member Stephanie Weir up to express her disappointment with it not being passed and she made it clear it felt like an insult to the extensive work they did, but other councillors assured her they liked what they saw but would never vote on something without having time to review it.

The item will come back to council’s July 15 meeting.