The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District is opposed to tax exemption status for the Falkland library.

The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District is opposed to tax exemption status for the Falkland library.

Tax exemption raises concerns in Falkland

CSRD has rejected Okanagan Regional Library’s request for a tax exemption

The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has rejected Okanagan Regional Library’s request for a tax exemption for the branches in Falkland, South Shuswap and North Shuswap.

B.C. Assessment granted the tax exemption without consulting with CSRD.

“I’m a little disappointed and very much surprised. These are privately held properties, and I think it can potentially set a very dangerous precedent. We’re shifting the tax burden on to other property owners now,” said Charles Hamilton, chief administrative officer.

The regional district board has agreed to send a letter to B.C. Assessment asking to reconsider the ramifications of the exemption.