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Catalyst tax rate ruling

Catalyst loses in three bids to seek tax relief

Vancouver Sun Dec 21st

The right of three more municipalities to tax a major industry to the hilt has been confirmed by B.C. Supreme Court.

Rulings by Justice Peter Voith were released Monday, dismissing almost all the points in three separate petitions where Catalyst Paper Corp. sought relief from high municipal taxes in Campbell River, Port Alberni and Powell River. Voith made a similar ruling concerning North Cowichan in October.

In each community, a Catalyst mill is far and away the largest employer. This year, the company paid each municipality just $1.5 million toward tax bills that added up to a total of $23 million in all four places.

Only one small portion of the most recent rulings favoured Catalyst. It set aside the tax rate imposed on mill property by the Regional District of Campbell River, although not the much larger amount imposed by the city.

Most costs of the Campbell River court case and all costs for the other two were awarded to the cities.

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | - Mill News, News | 4 Comments