Revitalizing the town through tax exemptions

Discussion of revitalization tax exemptions in the Town of Lake Cowichan were discussed during mayor and council’s Tuesday, January 11 meetings.

  • Jan. 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Discussion of revitalization tax exemptions in the Town of Lake Cowichan were discussed during mayor and council’s Tuesday, January 11 meetings.

The revitalization tax exemption would serve to freeze property taxes in order to prevent owners from being penalized from making improvements. The hoped-for result is for this to encourage property owners to beautify and improve their buildings, to help in the town’s revitalization.

“There are potentially many benefits to implementing this,” the town’s director of planning James van Hemert said. Placing emphasis on the word potential, van Hemert added that reports from communities that have implemented this tax change thus far have been varied.

Mayor and council encouraged town staff to look into how other communities have benefited from revitalization tax exemptions, as well as look into the specifics that may be included in such an exemption.

It can take many forms, van Hemert said, which will be investigated for an upcoming report to council, for further discussion. Different areas, objectives, time frames, and other variables will be researched.

For now, a generic draft resolution has been drafted, and will be sent to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) for consideration. Since there is currently no legislative provision to allow municipalities to impose separate tax rates, the town’s request being sent out asks that “the province be lobbied to amend Section 197 of the Community Charter to allow municipalities to have the flexibility of levying separate tax rates for each of land and improvements to each property class,” the draft resolution reads.

If approved by the AVICC, it will be passed on to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), which will in turn pass it on to the province for consideration, upon further approval.

It’s too late to act upon revitalization tax exemptions for 2011, van Hemert said, but pending the AVICC and UBCM decisions, 2012 may be a possibility.

Just Posted

Andrea Rondeau column: I’ll beg if I have to, to get you to vote

Please, please, please mail in your vote in the proportional representation election.

Sarah Simpson column: Cowichan sure knows when to step up to help

Shortly after my birthday last year I wrote a column about gifts.… Continue reading

Cowichan United seeing positives despite results

U21 team falls to Lakehill, but coaches see improvement

T.W. Paterson column: The story behind the lost certificate, conclusion

In early March 1915 the 5th Bn. was near Estaire, France and several men had already been shot.

Cowichan Piggies pick up bonus point in close loss to James Bay

Rugby team optimistic about final games before break

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read