As discussed at city council tonight in the concent portion of the agenda, big box stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot locally, are a cause of the tax levy this year.
Why you might ask? Through an appeal process through MPAC or the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, they were granted the ability to pay less commercial tax and therefore the money had to be made up municipally.
Councilor Sandra Hollingsworth said it was disappointing that companies like Canadian Tire say they are giving back to the community but are in fact not, through their appeal.
Councilor Frank Fata pointed out that the city pays MPAC over $800,000 a year to do assessments and it was difficult news to hear.
No other big box stores were named locally besides Canadian Tire and Home Depot.
This was said to be a trend across the northern communities.
As Councilor Paul Christian pointed out, it makes life harder on all of us. And as he asked, yes lawyers were involved in the process on both sides.