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Property taxes continue to be collected

The city has seen an increase in property taxes collected for this time of year. Property taxes were due on  June 30 after being mailed out on May 18.

The city says they have received 88 per cent of taxes by the due date. Taxes owed to the city at the June deadline were $7.318 million compared to last year’s $6.992 million that saw a 12 per cent smaller tax.

A month later on July 31, the taxes owed to the city were $5.547 million, which includes $18,000 uncollected from the Business Improvement District tax and $1.743 million for education tax from the school divisions.

Last year in July taxes owed were just over $5.686 million. Mayor Gerald Aalbers says the increase hopefully means that things have picked up in the economy.

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“I’ve talked to business people every day and I know it is a stuff struggle out there. Residents share that as well, but I appreciate people paying their taxes because at the end of the day that’s what pays for the services that they enjoy every day in the city.”

Tax reminder notices were sent out in August. Aalbers says the taxes will trickle in, but the city will take the necessary means to make sure they get paid.

“There is a process and we’ll likely end up having some people be advised that we’re going to take the next step as we have to legislatively as a municipality to ensure the taxes get paid.”

There is a program in place to help people pay their taxes monthly instead of in a lump sum payment. The Pre-Authorized Debit Agreements saw a 23 per cent increase since last July with over 550 accounts enrolled in the program.

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