Tuesday, August 18, 2015

OFF-SITE LEVY in the Crowsnest Pass

Good news if you paid an off-site levy in the Crowsnest Pass during the period of 2001 to 2011 you may be eligible for a refund. Council recently passed a policy to refund this regressive, anti development form of taxation.

Check out the following:


If you feel you qualify or have questions contact the municipal office.

My opinion of an off-site levy is based on the fact that we has a community are not growing in the sense that the number of people utilizing our Infrastructure is not increasing. We are being forced to replace Infrastructure because it is old, antiquated and does not meet today's standards. Not because we have a population that is 20% higher than it was 20 years ago.
Communities that have tremendous growth impose off site levies because they are growing rapidly they have more people flushing the toilets, turning on the taps, driving on the roads.


Anonymous said...

How much will these retroactive refunds cost us? Will we pay for them by tax increase or borrowing or perhaps fixing fewer potholes?

Anonymous said...

This is great news. Nice to see that this council has an understanding of this community and is a bit more in touch with things.

Anonymous said...

The off-site levy was an unfair tax for many reasons. We had neighbors who paid almost $5000 to build a home when we built ours a year earlier and did not have to pay.
Could you imagine a system where some people pay for a building permit but I go and get one for free does not seem fair.
New Infrastructure costs millions to build I hear 20-25 million for sewer plant at $5000 a house how many new houses would have to be built to pay for it?

Anonymous said...

Calgary developers lose 'sprawl subsidy' on water, road costs
"The new bylaw will dramatically increase the cost of new suburban developments to cover water and wastewater treatment as well as new roadway costs. In established areas, the fee would apply to new developments and cover water and wastewater treatment costs. "