Terrace, B.C. taxation bylaw shelved for now

Business group who wanted the bylaw will return in new year with new plan, more information

A Terrace Downtown Improvement Association (TDIA) member strings lights onto the tree next to the library on the corner of Kalum St. and Park Ave. on Dec. 5.

A BYLAW to tax downtown businesses for another five years to finance the Terrace Downtown Improvement Association won’t be going ahead, at least for now.

The association asked council last night to defeat the bylaw, which would have come into effect as of January, pending more explanation with downtown property owners as to how the money will be spent.

A bylaw now ending brought the association $60,000 a year but the prospect of increasing the taxation levy to $120,000 a year, and extending the association’s boundaries, was opposed by property owners who said the association needed to better explain itself.

That resulted in a meeting between the association and property owners last week leading to last night’s request.

“We really realized that we need to do more consultation so we will put together a plan over the next two months and we plan to come back on February 27 with a new plan and a new bylaw,” association president Sasa Loggin told council last night.

Complicating matters was the nature of the bylaw itself which had been progressing under what’s called the alternate approval process.

In this instance property owners were sent notices of the proposed bylaw by the city at the request of the association with a deadline date of Dec. 17 to submit their approval or opposition.

At least 50 per cent of the property owners having an assessed value of at least 50 per cent of the properties within the association’s taxation boundaries was required for council to approve of the bylaw.

Not replying at all is considered a ‘yes’ vote, something which further complicated the situation.

The most important thing for the association is to work together and it is gaining more interest from its membership and is channelling that interest into building a plan for the next five years, Loggin added.

“The message was really clear that we have to step up our communication and that is what we will work on,” said Loggin.

She thanked city councillor Sean Bujtas, who is council’s representative to the association, and city staffers Alisa Thompson and David Block for helping the association understand how the bylaw process works.

Loggin also thanked those who came out to last week’s information meeting for a session she described as “very informative and frank.”

The association had wanted a budget of $120,000 a year so that it could hire a full time executive director and increase its efforts to bring more activity to the downtown core of the city.

Two of its major annual events are a street festival held during Riverboat Days and a festival of lights held each December.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Most Read