Mono facing tax writeoffs on $1.4m town-owned properties

January 15, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Tom Claridge

Mono Council heard Tuesday that the Town will be writing off property taxes on properties worth about $1.4 million because they are on the tax role but normally exempt from paying property taxes.

Treasurer Les Halucha submitted the list of Town-owned and operated properties whose taxes are to be written off. All told, they have been assessed at $1.456 million and would have produced $20,369.39 in revenue for the town. Writing the taxes off avoids the town paying property taxes to itself, the County and school boards.

“Normally municipal properties are considered exempt for tax purposes and do not show up on the tax roll for taxation. However, the nature of these properties have them on the property tax roll. Because of the municipal interest in these properties the taxes are written off and treated as if they were exempt,” the Treasurer said in a memo to Council.

The biggest single item, representing more than $12,500 of the total in written-off taxes, was Monora Park, operated by the Town but owned by the Credit Valley Conservation authority.

In other business, Mono Council set Saturday, April 21st as the tentative date for its next Town Hall Meeting, to be held at the Municipal Office. While the agenda is still to be determined, topics for consideration include: Internet and telephone voting during the upcoming municipal election; preparing your home and family for emergencies, including severe weather; recreation requirements, including parks and facilities; Land Trusts, and a presentation by Dufferin OPP.

As well, Mayor Laura Ryan was requested by Council to make a written submission to the Province regarding funding of Conservation Authorities, and to the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) regarding the lack of access to necessary mental health services in Dufferin County.

The next council meeting is scheduled for January 30th, 2018 at 9 a.m.

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