Tuesday, June 22, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“We’ll be doing something extra this year, but we’re not telling you what.”
- Jamie Margetak  
- on this year’s   
Thunder in the Valley   


When the municipality implemented a minimum property tax of $500 this year, one segment of taxpayers was hit harder than intended. After a number of requests and a delegation at the Tuesday, June 15 council meeting, council decided to adjust the rules to correct this.
Paul and Beth Lievaart appeared before council as a delegation. They own a grazing lease on four quarters of crown land within the municipality, along with a fifth quarter that is attached. The lands are grazed as one parcel, they said, and there is no municipal service or road access to the land.
They told council that their taxes on the land went from $214 last year to $2562 this year because of the minimum tax.
While residential landowners have the option to consolidate separate titles and avoid the minimum tax, the owners of crown leases cannot do so, as regulations on the land titles prohibit it.
The Lievaarts requested that council consider treating such crown leases as one piece of land for taxation purposes.
CAO Gordon Lundy told council that it was not the purpose of the minimum tax to place additional burdens on legitimate agricultural businesses operating on crown lands within the municipality. He recommended that council combine all leased quarters on one taxroll when they are under a single grazing lease.
... See the June 22 issue of the Pass Herald for the full story.
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