Nav Canada assessment could have impact

The District of Port Hardy has thrown their support behind an attempt to overturn an assessment for Nav Canada Airport properties

The District of Port Hardy has thrown their support behind an attempt to overturn an assessment for Nav Canada Airport properties which would have a negative financial impact on this community.

At their regular meeting March 10, council dealt with a request for support from District of North Saanich Mayor Alice Finall.

Nav Canada is a non-profit federal corporation under contract to the federal government to provide aircraft safety and guidance services to airports across the country.

Nav Canada owns 136 properties in BC, with a total 2014 assessed value of $76.4 million; generating $1.15 million in tax dollars.

In January of 2001, said Finall in a letter to council, Nav Canada appealed property assessments for four of their control towers in British Columbia, including the one here at the Port Hardy Airport, to the Property Assessment Appeal Board.

The board reduced the assessment on the properties to $20.

The District of North Saanich joined the British Columbia Assessment Authority in an appeal of this assessment to the BC Supreme Court. This appeal was unsuccessful and the matter is now headed to the Court of Appeal.

Not including the upcoming appeal, the District of Saanich has incurred over $100,000 in legal costs. They have applied to the Union of BC Municipalities for financial assistance, but only $10,000 is available through that avenue.

Finall has approached the District of Port Hardy because it is one of 18 municipalities in BC which have Nav Canada properties and will be impacted by the outcome.

According to information provided by Director of Finance Allison McCarrick, if the appeal is unsuccessful, the District of Port Hardy may have to pay back $94,347 in tax revenue to Nav Canada, an average of about $19,000 a year retroactive to 2011.

“We could owe them tax revenue already received,” said McCarrick.

Future tax revenue will also be less.

“The Court of Appeal is going to listen to the case. There are still things that we are hopeful for there,” said Councillor Fred Robertson, adding the decision could also, in the future, potentially impact communities with ferry terminals.

Councillor Jessie Hemphill referred the request for financial aid support to the Finance Committee.

 

Just Posted

Blaney warns fraudulent CRA tax calls are on the rise

“We are asking people to please be careful.”

Students ‘wow’ at Annual Regional Science Fair

Kids from accross the North Island show off their science projects

Port Hardy Fire Rescue celebrates 50th anniversary

Port Hardy Fire Rescue (PHFR) is gearing up for a big anniversary… Continue reading

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

Port Alice CAO says goodbye for Sayward

“This decision was by no means an easy one to make.”

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Apirl/May Hot Spots!

Find out what’s going on in the North Island (April 25 - May 2)

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

B.C. hockey team to retire Humboldt Bronco victim’s number

BCHL’s Surrey Eagles to retire Jaxon Joseph’s No. 10 in light of bus tragedy

B.C. Hells Angels invited to rally by anti-SOGI organizer

The Culture Guard group has helped Hells Angels in the past, said its executive director.

Most Read