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The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) would like to thank Council for approving its recommendation on residential taxation relief on Tuesday night.

“Providing residential taxation relief to our neighbours, families and friends is a priority for all of us and we thank Mayor and Council its leadership for accepting our recommendation. It will especially deliver some help to residents that need it most,” said Jeanette Bancarz, WBRC Chair. “We also thank WBRC members Coun. Keith McGrath and Marty Giles, who advanced the issue with our residents in mind and worked in collaboration with Recovery Task Force staff and municipal administration to set the stage for tonight’s approval.”

The WBRC residential taxation relief recommendation, approved by Council, calls for the cancellation of portions of residential property taxation across the region, based on a number of factors. The details of the recommendation are attached as an appendix to this news release.

The approval of the WBRC’s recommendation comes following Council’s decision at its July 6 meeting to deliver a 2% overall reduction in residential property taxes across the region for 2016.

APPENDIX: WBRC Recommendation on 2016 Residential Taxation Relief

  1. For all residential properties that were required to be evacuated due to the wildfire: cancellation of 1/12 of the tax (the “base tax cancellation amount”);
  2. For every residential property that was not allowed to be re-occupied after general re-entry in the first week of June due to actions taken pursuant to recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health: cancellation of the base tax cancellation amount plus cancellation of an additional amount representing the pro-rated daily amount of the whole municipal portion of tax multiplied by the number of days in 2016 commencing June 1, 2016 that the property in question was not allowed to be re-occupied;
  3. For every residential property that became uninhabitable because it was destroyed or irreparably damaged by the wildfire: cancellation of the base tax cancellation amount plus cancellation of an additional amount representing the pro-rated daily amount of the whole municipal portion of tax other than that portion attributable to the land only, multiplied by the number of days from June 1, 2016 until the first to occur of: (a) completion of reconstruction of the residence on the property, (b) sale of the property to a new owner, or (c) the end of the calendar year 2016;
  4. That the Government of Alberta be requested to remove the education tax levy to be consistent with the cancelled portion of municipal property taxes identified in sections 1 through 3 of this motion; and
  5. That an application be made to the Government of Alberta for funding support to offset the cancelled portion of municipal property taxes.

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