Spall sets up subsidy cap

There is growing concern that Spallumcheen taxpayers could be burdened by subsidizing non-profit groups

There is growing concern that Spallumcheen taxpayers could be burdened by subsidizing non-profit groups.

Property assessments have soared for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and the Monastery of the Carmel of St. Joseph and that has meant the township is dealing with a larger property tax exemption.

“They can’t assume it will all be paid,” said Mayor Janice Brown of tax bills inflated by increased assessments.

“For $25,000, that is one per cent in taxes.”

The township has been left covering $23,000 for the Boys and Girls Club and $20,000 for the monastery for 2013.

But such payments could be coming to an end, as council has agreed to place a cap on exemptions for the Boys and Girls Club.

“They need to lobby others,” said Brown of the agency seeking financial support.

Coun. Todd York says the Boys and Girls Club needs to challenge assessments as a way of keeping the property value low.

“I believe they could be successful in their appeal,” he said.

York says Spallumcheen taxpayers have limited financial resources and that impacts what the township can do.

“We fight so hard to get a per cent or two off a tax increase,” he said.

“With some assessments increasing, we could give up something in our budget.”

Other groups receiving tax exemption status in 2013 are the Grandview Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Hullcar Hall, Caravan Farm Theatre and O’Keefe Ranch.