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Tax relief now

 

How much longer do WhistlerÕs long time condo owners have to put up with grossly unfair property taxes?

IÕm talking about those of us owning Class 6 lodgings (Business and Other). Our recently received property tax notices tell us yet again that weÕll have to endure another incredible tax hike. Let me illustrate.

In 2005, IÕll be required to pay $7,221.87 for my 900 square foot, 25-year-old wood frame condominium in Tantalus Lodge. ThatÕs an incredible jump from my 2004 taxes of $5,531.42, not to mention my 2001 taxes when we ÒonlyÓ paid $3,692.45 for the same property!

Compare those rates to a similar unit in the Glacier, which has a higher assessed value, but whose owner is only required to pay 2005 taxes of $2,307.08. For reasons that defy explanation, that unit, which is a Class 1 (Residential) unit, is taxed at a much lower rate even though it is available for nightly rental by a very large corporation called ResortQuest.

I have fought the inequity of WhistlerÕs Class 1/Class 6 property tax situation all the way to the B.C. Court of Appeal yet my pleas and those of my fellow residents have fallen on deaf ears.

With all due respect to the municipality, there is no way that Whistler provides services that cost the exorbitant amounts that we are being taxed. For that reason, Mayor OÕReilly, I am appealing to you and your council to correct this festering and ridiculous property tax issue at the municipal level. Act now to end the tax gouging — before this fallÕs municipal elections — and help bring some property tax equity to all of the taxpayers of Whistler.

James T. Allard

Whistler

 

Dine and Dash Development?

In 1989 the Resort Municipality of Whistler put out a proposal call for summer amenities, its purpose to transfer our resort into a four-season destination. Three out of 30 proposal calls for summer amenities were accepted and awarded 1,200 bed units each — thatÕs the equivalent of approximately two Westin Resort and SpaÕs. There were several good proposals, according to Councilor Caroline Lamont, who was a staff planner at the time, that were beat out by the three that were accepted.

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