On February 25th, 2019 the property exemption granted the club through by-law #(2005)-17734 expires, and the estimated property taxes due and payable for 2019 would be increased by $3,091 (plus the current educational tax of $447.70). This by-law was implemented to recognize the City’s contribution to the affordable rental housing project developed on the upper floors of 32 Gordon St. Taxes were waived for 10 years and the 10 years expires on February 25th, 2019.
Discussions have been held with the City for the last two years without any resolution.
A meeting was set up for August 30th, 2018 for the executive to meet with the City tax office to plead our case for the extension of the tax exemption. Don Kaufman (the Club’s Treasurer) attended the meeting, at which time the City confirmed if we could get County (the County being the Social Housing Service Manager) approval the tax exemption could be extended. A meeting was set up with the County for Tuesday, September 18th at the Club. At the meeting with the County staff agreed to process our request extend the property tax exemption.
Two County committee meetings and two County council meetings later and it is our understanding that the County and City have requested, and MPAC has agreed to exempt the Guelph Unit 344 of the A.N.A.F. Veterans in Canada property at 32 Gordon Street from property tax in perpetuity. Not only will the increase set for February 25th be terminated, but the educational levy paid for the last 10 years will cease to be payable.
The extension of the property tax exemption in perpetuity, and cancellation of the educational tax is huge, and should help guarantee the financial viability of the ANAF housing component.