Shames tax break eyed

CITY COUNCIL may have turned down a request to provide the non-profit group with money to help it buy the Shames Mountain ski facility but it says it may have a plan to help out regardless.

CITY COUNCIL may have turned down a request to provide the non-profit group with money to help it buy the Shames Mountain ski facility but it says it may have a plan to help out regardless.

And that could be convincing the Kitimat-Stikine regional district to give the My Mountain Co-op, provided it buys the ski facility, annual tax relief.

The suggestion came from councillor Carol Leclerc who also sits as one of two city representatives on the regional district.

She said the exemption would be similar to what the city provides recreational clubs within its jurisdiction, such as the curling club, and the regional district does with the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club.

The curling rink and golf course are clubs,” said Leclerc in suggesting the co-op look at structuring itself along a similar fashion.

Leclerc’s comments came after councillor Lynne Christiansen proposed a motion to go to referendum to provide the co-op with $200,000 in taxes to help it buy the facility.

Council agreed to postpone further discussion on Christiansen’s motion pending a meeting with the co-op to discuss the tax forgiveness idea.