Sooke Council met on October 2 for a Special Meeting to consider permissive tax exemptions. All but Councillor Kerrie Reay were present.
They ultimately passed first and second reading ob Bylaw 682, which included the exemptions listed below. Council also modified the exempt period to be reduced from the current 10 years to five years.
A third reading of this bylaw will happen at the next Regular Council meeting. A final reading and the ultimate passing of the bylaw will happen before the end of this month.
The following non-profits passed first and second reading:
- Society of St. Vincent De Paul
- M’akola Housing Society
- Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
- Sooke Family Resource Society
- Sooke Harbour Authority
- Sooke Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54
- Sooke Regional Historical Society (Museum)
- Sooke Elderly Citizen’s Housing Society
- Sooke Mount Shepherd Masonic Association
- Sooke Hospice Society
- Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society
- Steps to the Future Child Care Society
Denied under this category was the Westcoast Adventure College
The following public worship exemptions passed first and second reading:
- Sooke Baptist Church
- Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
- Anglican Synol Diocese of BC
- Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Sooke Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
The seven recreation exemptions applied for by the Sooke Community Association passed first and second reading.
Every property owner in British Columbia must pay property taxes unless specifically exempted by provincial statute. Properties may be granted tax exemptions by Council, to eligible organizations. These tax exemptions are referred to as “permissive,” and typically include land or improvements that are owned or held by a charitable, philanthropic or other non profit organizations. Previously, these exemptions lasted a decade after which the organizations had to re-apply.
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