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2014-04-05 at 15:33

Dryden votes to withhold MPAC payment for second year in a row

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By tbnewswatch.com

The city of Dryden still harbours resentment towards the Municipal Property and Assessment Corporation.

For the second consecutive year Dryden city council has voted to withold $25,000 in payment to MPAC, arguing the city was inadequately represented in their property assessment value hearings against the Domtar Mill.

The value of the Domtar Mill was decreased from $51 million down to $14 million, with the municipality ordered to refund the company $5.4 million in taxes collected between 2009 and 2012.

Dryden mayor Craig Nuttall has argued that MPAC is not representing the best interests of the communities, even though they are forced to hire the property assessment corporation to represent them.

The city is holding the payments from the last two years in a trust and Nuttall admitted they will eventually be forced to pay.

(Thunder Bay Television)


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Ranma says:
Isn't it awesome how corporations have their vast amounts of property "devalue" while we, the regular residents have our property values skyrocket?
4/5/2014 3:41:20 PM
S Duncan says:
Isn't awesome how municipalities have been extorting money out of businesses for so long that they are finally fighting back?

Taxes are for services. They are paid for services. Businesses have been used wrongly as cash cows for too long by greedy little city halls everywhere (ours especially).

When city hall just wants to take more and more of your money so they can spend it on other frivolous things (eg. needle programs) eventually you're going to have to fight back. If you do not fight back you will be forced to go out of business.

If it becomes non-productive for you to operate a business, those jobs will go away forever. That's what has happened and industry leaves for more business friendly places.

We have the same problem in Thunder Bay and we have a mayor fighting a fair and legal process which will have a large business paying a fair share instead of being extorted.

That drives business and jobs away, whether in Dryden or Thunder Bay.
4/7/2014 8:31:59 AM
Marak says:
WOW!!! I didn't know this was an option!!! For years I haven't agreed with MPAC's assessment (always going up) with my property value. In fact last assessment it went up 10's of thousands!!! I think I'll just "withhold" my property taxes until it's reassessed! I'll just hold the tax money in trust (and keep the interest payments) until that's all cleared up! :)
4/6/2014 12:01:16 PM
Eastender says:
Have you noticed the name? Municipal Property Assessment CORPORATION. Is it any wonder that they would be sympathetic to the plight of other CORPORATIONS.
4/7/2014 10:03:58 AM
S Duncan says:
Eastender.. both you and Ranma up there are against the event center. Most people against it I believe do not want the added tax burden, and correct me if Im wrong, but I think that includes you as well?

anyway, how can you be in favour of taking money from a corporation based on what, I do not know, but be against someone taking your money to spend on something as frivolous as the event center?

You have to be in favour of "no mis-use of tax dollars" across the board, not just when you pick and choose.

In the case of Dryden, you can be sure that the mill does not get fair return for their tax dollar. The town/city takes that money and uses it not in fact to return services, but to spend on other expenditures, and you can be sure its not directly to provide for the mill.

Look at T Bay, how much money our council gives away. Those tax dollars weren't theirs to give away. They have been collected and distributed under false pretense. That's where these problems begin.
4/7/2014 1:49:06 PM
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