Prince Rupert tax decision ‘not fair for curlers’
The Northern View in Prince Rupert has reported on the tax woes of the Prince Rupert Curling Club.
The newspaper reported that curling club president Jamie Malthus’s appeal to give the club a tax break fell on deaf ears at city hall.
Under the tax exemption bylaw created by council covering the next three years, the formerly exempt club will need to pay 20 per cent of their municipal taxes as a non-designated property while other recreation facilities, like the racquet club and the golf course, remain exempt.
After hearing that the club could be getting a $960 tax bill, Jamie told councillors: “With the club on a tight budget and the maintenance required, that $960 would impact our operational ability.”
An opinion piece published on the Northern View’s editorial page expressed dismay at the decision to award tax exemptions to raquet ball and golf groups, but not the curling club.
Shaun Thomas wrote: “When it comes to fairness, it is easy to see that targeting one group for municipal taxes while exempting two very similar groups simply does not fit the description.”