Penticton and South Okanagan
Tax exempt bylaw adopted
Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 pm
The permissive tax exempt bylaw was adopted by Penticton council at a special meeting heldThursday morning.
The final adoption follows three readings and appeals by some of the nonprofits that were initially left off the tax exempt list.
"It came forward for a first reading at our first October meeting and there were some groups who were unhappy," said Councillor Wes Hopkin. "So we heard those appeals at our second meeting and added those groups."
The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society, the Penticton Seniors' Drop In Centre Society and the Salvation Army's food bank and thrift store were recently removed from the list because their working capital was higher than $100,000.
In their appeals at the Oct. 21 meeting, representatives said losing the exemption would create financial hardships, thus impacting the services they provide.
In the case of the Salvation Army that would be food and clothing, while the brain injury society deals with acquired brain injuries, mental health, housing and homeless outreach.
Don Smith, president of the seniors' drop-in centre society, said he was relieved they were back on the list.
"We were kind of disappointed, so we feel very good about this," he said. "Getting this is a benefit to us because we are an all volunteer organization with only one paid employee."
Hopkin said the matter needed to be taken care of by Oct. 31 because there is a legislation deadline which the province sets down. It also informs the budget discussions, which have started at the staff level and will come to the council, in late November or early December.
It is likely they will take a closer look at the policy in the new year to avoid any conflict in the future.
"We will hopefully review it to make sure we respect the groups that are applying and the taxpayers providing them with their exemption," said Hopkin.
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