The City of Burnaby has rejected a request from the board of administrators of a set of non-profit and charity seniors’ houses to reverse $14,000 in penalties stemming from them being late paying their property taxes.
A Feb. 12 letter was despatched to the town on behalf of the board for the Swedish Canadian Village, which operates three properties on Duthie and Halifax streets in North Burnaby, together with sponsored housing and assisted-living providers. The letter says they serve greater than 200 residents.
Due to a “mailing error,” the $145,000 in property taxes for the properties weren’t paid on time, resulting in the penalties.
The letter claims that the town modified the mailing tackle for property tax funds. The letter additionally says their accountant was incessantly working from residence and needed to deal with an extra burden as a consequence of extra info calls for from numerous ranges of presidency stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is comprehensible how he erred in sending the property tax cost to the earlier tax tackle,” says the letter. “These had been and are determined instances, which resulted in three deaths at Swedish Canadian Village.”
The letter is listed in the agenda bundle for the town’s monetary administration committee. A metropolis workers notice that goes with the letter denies that the town’s mailing tackle for property tax funds has modified.
“A response has been offered to the Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association stating that, in accordance with the laws, there is no such thing as a exemption from a penalty as a consequence of a mailing error,” says the notice. “The present property tax system treats all taxpayers pretty and equitably in its administration. The mailing tackle has not modified for the City of Burnaby property tax funds.”