Council agrees to tax exemptions

Tax exemptions for Ukrainian Village, Salvation Army thrift store and Royal Canadian Legion

There are winners and losers when it comes to help from taxpayers.

Vernon council has approved property tax exemptions for three non-profit organizations while four have had their requests denied, and one group will be reconsidered.

“A few are doing similar things and you have to wonder why one and not the other,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol of the difficult decisions that have to be made.

Receiving 100 per cent exemptions are the Vernon Community Land Trust Society’s Ukrainian Village, the Salvation Army’s 24th Street store and the Royal Canadian Legion.

“Any organization that served the country during the world wars receives 100 per cent,” said Nicol of the legion.

The groups that have been turned down are the Okanagan Science Centre, the Elks Club lodge, the Kindale Developmental Association and the We Care Community Alliance Association.

The finance committee had recommended that the Vernon Minor Football Association not get a 100 per cent tax exemption.

Council will reconsider whether a 50 per cent exemption for recreational services should be considered.

“They have rebuilt the entire minor football system,” said Nicol.