Updated: Council notebook - City to take additional tax enforcement measures

Lisa Goudy
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Council meets on March 10, 2014 at city hall.

Fifty-six properties have overdue taxes in the City of Moose Jaw.

Additional tax enforcement is now required on the 56 properties that have outstanding amounts from the 2012 tax year, according to a financial services department report.

At Monday’s council meeting, council authorized city administration to make the initial application for tax title abiding by the provisions of the tax enforcement act regarding those properties.

“This is a normal process we go through every year, actually, in terms of our tax enforcement,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services. “Last year as an example there was also an identical 56 property amount … overall at the end of the day, we end up maybe taking one or two properties out of that.”

The initial application for title is regarding liens placed on those properties. Liens are a legal claim on an asset, in this case a property, allowing the holder to take possession of the property if certain conditions aren’t fulfilled.

“We’re not in the business of taking properties or want to take properties. Rather we want people to enter into payment plans and this whole process that we go through is to achieve that and for the most part, it works very, very well.”

Other items considered at Monday’s meeting:

•  Eric Bjorge, who was hired in December 2013 as the city’s assistant planner, was appointed a development officer. The appointment allows him to manage and enforce all facets of the zoning bylaw.

• Council received and filed a decision of the development appeals board.

• Council received and adopted the two recent minutes of the executive committee meetings.

• Council received a written answer to Coun. Brian Swanson’s enquiry regarding the increase in assessment value for commercial property from Dec. 31, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013. Acker’s report said the total taxable commercial assessment from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013 was $494,343,090.

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