City of Powell River Council has approved permissive tax exemptions to a number of groups and organizations for the 2020 tax year.
The total of the tax exemptions granted is $346,141.77.
At the city council meeting on Thursday, October 17, mayor Dave Formosa said these are organizations that are eligible for having land taxes waived because they are non-profit organizations and meet the criteria for the city’s tax exemption regulations.
Councillor George Doubt said the six permissive tax exemption bylaws being reviewed by council contained lists of organizations getting permissive tax relief.
“It means these non-profit organizations won’t have to go out and raise the additional money to pay city taxes because they do things that are widely believed to be in the interests of all of the taxpayers in the City of Powell River,” said Doubt. “They do amazingly good things.
The groups and organizations receiving permissive tax exemptions in 2020 include: Alano Club of Powell River, BC Association of Seventh Day Adventists, Carlson Community Club, Cranberry Community Hall Association, inclusion Powell River, Life Cycle Housing Society, Nature Trust of BC, Powell River Academy of Music, Powell River Bon Accueil Society, Powell River Brain Injury Society, Powell River Council for Arts and Culture, Powell River Curling Club, Powell River Employment Program Society, Powell River Historical Museum and Archives, Powell River Italian Community Club, Powell River Kiwanis Housing Society, Powell River Kiwanis Village Society, Powell River Lawn Bowling Club, Powell River Miklat Recovery House Society, Powell River Otago Rugby Football Club, Powell River Regional Hospital District, Powell River Search and Rescue Society, Powell River Sport and Fitness Society, Powell River Sunset Homes Society, Powell River Action Centre Food Bank, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, Senior Citizens Association of BC Branch 49, BC SPCA, Strive Living Society, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver, Source Club Society, Timberlane Barracks Committee, Scouts Canada, Scout Properties (BC/Yukon), Powell River Fine Arts Association, Stardusters Square Dance Club, Tourism Powell River, Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River and Westview Flying Club.