Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Small victory for CTF and taxpayers in Alberta!

Long story short, the City of Calgary recently passed a massive increase to the fees they charge non-residential property owners to appeal their property tax assessment.  Fees went from a $50 maximum to $5,000.  

The City of Edmonton followed suit and increased their fees from a maximum of $500 to $5,000, a few weeks later.

This was a clear tax grab, and was an attempt to force businesses from not appealing their assessment.  Particularly in Calgary, where 70% of appellants were successful in reducing their assessment.  This, obviously means that the City of Calgary was not doing a good job with their initial assessments.

The CTF along with a long list of other organizations: (Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC),  the Retail Council of Canada, Southern Alberta Shopping Centre Association (SASCA), and the Calgary Apartment Association), we lobbied the Minister of Municipal Affairs to use the powers available to him to cap the fees across the province at $500.

Yesterday, the Minister smartly agreed to cap fees across the province at $650.  Read the release HERE.

A small but important victory for the CTF and for taxpayers.

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