Confusion during a debate at Kings County council has left Grand View Manor excluded from the proposed new Tax Exemption for Non-Profit Organizations Bylaw.
Revenue operations and budget officer Wendy Salsman presented a draft of the new bylaw to councillors at the Nov. 26 committee of the whole session. Several new applications for tax exemptions were included with the proposed bylaw, to be approved in a bundle, including Crosbie House Society, Valley Search and Rescue, Grand View Manor and the Lake Paul and Lake George Community Club.
The proposed new bylaw would replace older bylaws, which provided full and partial property tax exemptions for charitable properties. The new Bylaw 99 would set a $30,000 cap on the amount of any single exemption. Although Grand View Manor would have qualified for the full $86,167.50 tax exemption under Bylaw 48, the exemption would be capped at $30,000 under the new bylaw.
Coun. Patricia Bishop moved to amend the motion to remove Grand View Manor from the proposed bylaw. This carried and then the amended motion was approved.
However, there was some confusion on the part of councillors. For example, Coun. Jim Winsor said he wouldn’t have voted in favour of removing it if council wasn’t going to deal with it subsequently.
Bishop said her intention had been missed. She wanted to move the policy forward and deal with Grand View Manor separately.
Bishop moved to explore options in regard to a tax exemption for Grand View, but Warden Diana Brothers wasn’t accepting any more motions. Finance manager Kim Durling pointed out the proposed bylaw could again be amended at first reading to include Grand View.
However, following advice from municipal solicitor Andrew Montgomery, Deputy Warden Brian Hirtle gave notice that he would bring back the original motion for reconsideration at the next council meeting.
A motion carried at the committee of the whole session to recommend council approval of writing off taxes owed by the Canning Lions Club on several properties.