Kentville won’t be collecting as much money from the food bank as the provincial assessment would imply.
Fundy Interchurch Food Bank, which is part of the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church property, received a commercial tax designation from Property Valuation Services Corporation.
When the matter came up at the town council meeting Sept. 24, Deputy Mayor Mark Pearl said reclassifying the assessment from commercial to residential would reduce the food bank’s tax bill from $4,000 to $1,800.
“I don’t understand how it would be zoned as commercial in the first place,” Coun. Nola Folker-Hill commented.
Coun. Bill Boyd asked on a point of order if the discussion should be delayed to the Oct. 8 council advisory committee meeting.
Pearl said it was time sensitive, as tax payments are due Oct. 1.
Council voted unanimously to reduce the tax on the property to the residential rate, retroactive to April 1.
“The intention,” Corkum said, “is to make sure we do everything we can to help the food bank.”