If a report to council, located on the consent agenda Monday is accepted, the city will be out over $40,000.
Under the Ontario Municipal Act section 357, residents of Ontario can apply to a municipality to have their taxes reduced for various reasons. Once that application is made, council is asked to approve or deny the application.
The beginning of the act found here states-
357 (1) – Upon application to the treasurer of a local municipality made in accordance with this section, the local municipality may cancel, reduce or refund all or part of taxes levied on land in the year.
The reasons for these applications are spelled out by the municipal act and listed by the city.
A. CEASES TO BE LIABLE FOR TAX AT RATE IT WAS TAXED
B. BECAME VACANT OR EXCESS LAND
C. BECAME EXEMPT
D. SICKNESS OR EXTREME POVERTY
D(i). RAZED BY FIRE, DEMOLITION OR OTHERWISE
D(ii). DAMAGED AND SUBSTANTIALLY UNUSABLE
E. MOBILE UNIT REMOVED
F. GROSS OR MANIFEST CLERICAL/FACTUAL ERROR
G. REPAIRS/RENO’S PREVENTING NORMAL USE (MIN 3 MONTHS)
The report shows 10 of the 26 appeals are due to properties razed by fire, demolition or otherwise.
In the over 30 fires SaultOnline has reported on since January, some of the properties were already boarded up while others were boarded up after the fire. Based on this report it seems as though the city may allow landlords of these buildings to not pay property taxes on the building.
Council will vote on this Monday night, you can watch on our ONNTV feed or live on Facebook where you will also be able to chat with our municipal affairs reporter.
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