Tax penalty waiver requests continue

Council continues to hear of tax penalty waiver requests from residents.

Council continues to hear of tax penalty waiver requests from residents.

Two requests came to councillors Sept. 27 during the regular meeting, with one having to pay their penalty and the other being forgiven.

First up was a request from David and Susan Crawford requesting the $125.93 tax penalty be waived due to issues with flooding in the basement. In a letter to the town the Crawfords state that flooding in the basement caused significant damage to their home, something the town was aware of.

“The town knew of this situation and did nothing for three years,” states the letter.

The Crawfords feels the town should pay the damages; one of the reasons they said they were reluctant to pay them. However, a claim to the town’s insurance was denied, continues the letter.

Coun. Carla Prediger asked how the flooding related to paying taxes. Sandra Lund, director of corporate services for the Town of Ponoka, said administration just passed on the information to council for consideration.

The motion to waive the penalty was defeated with Mayor Rick Bonnett speaking in favour of a waiver.

The second request came from Diane Hart for tax penalties in the amount of $183.05.

She states in a letter that she would not be paying the penalty due to receiving her tax bill late in August. In 2015 the death of her husband caused a need to change ownership, which she informed the town of. “I will not be paying this as I was already in the Town of Ponoka office last year and was directed to wait until my bill came in the mail.”

Prediger asked if the town has proof that the bills make it to their destinations. It appears that the town makes a declaration that tax notices are mailed out, something that is required of municipalities.

“We’ve got the same address that we had in the system before,” explained Lund.

Council voted in favour of waiving the penalties with Prediger and Coun. Loanna Gulka against.

Bringing a request back

During council’s Sept. 13 meeting one tax penalty waiver request that was defeated will be coming back for consideration.

William Dillen of WilPro Industries, spoke to council during the Sept. 27 public forum portion of the meeting asking council to reconsider the decision. The properties, said Dillen, were purchased last fall and he was waiting for information from the town, which he said were never received.

“We have since paid the taxes. We’ve also paid the penalty. We have also set up a prepayment program so this won’t happen again,” said Dillen.

When asked if there were any issues with the sending of the tax bills, Lund said she would research and return with information to council.

Dillen said he was told that the notice was not sent to him due to the transfer being done later in the year and once everything was put together they were already past due. “I guess I feel it’s not right that I should pay a penalty due to not getting the notice.”

Prediger feels the town can do better at notifying residents or building owners. “I just somehow think we could be doing something better with regard to tax rolls.”

Coun. Sandra Lyon asked if there is a way to access information online. “We’re one of the few (municipalities) that don’t have the information online.”

Lund replied that administration wants to see a virtual city hall developed and planners are looking at including it in the 2017 budget for the town.

Coun. Teri Underhill made a notice of motion for administration to bring back the WilPro Industries tax penalty waiver request for consideration at the next meeting.


Just Posted

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

Guards injured, money stolen during overnight blast at Edmonton bank

Alberta Health Services said the injuries to the male guard were serious

Ponoka Elementary students team up to help KidSport

A special fundraiser has been organized by Ponoka Elementary Students to benefit KidSport

New contractor to supply Ponoka with new waste carts

Resident will need to set out old carts by end of 2018, replaces coming first week of 2019

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHL-themed totem poles

Rebecca Thomas says she received backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Sex-assault squad investigated eight incidents at Toronto all-boys’ school

The interim president of a Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations said the football program was cancelled for next year.

Coal power in Canada must disappear by the end of 2029, new regulations say

Canada has significantly cut its dependence on coal largely due to the closure of all coal plants in Ontario.

‘Naive approach’ to China at fault in Meng mess: Scheer

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on the Trudeau government to “unequivocally denounce any type of repercussions to Canadians on foreign soil.”

Omar Khadr ‘a model of compliance,’ wants changes to bail conditions: lawyer

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr is back in court today to seek changes to bail conditions.

Most Read