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REPORTING · 21st March 2010
Merv Ritchie
There is an obscure rule in local government politics, which allows the City to proceed with a project and send you the bill if, after the City sends you a notice by mail and posts notices in the papers you do not reply saying no, voicing your objection. In the case of the roadworks on Davis Street, 31 property owners will face this bill after only 9 property owners took the time to say no. The regulations state at least 50% must respond in the negative for the action to be stopped.

The rule is in the Provincial Community Charter and the section, which relates to this tax is called a 'petition against a local area service' 213(4) found in Division 5 of the Charter. FULL CHARTER HERE

At City Council on Monday evening, the Director of Development Services, Marvin Kwiatkowski, may be asked if the other streets in Terrace, which have been dug up, storm sewer lines replaced, new water lines installed and the entire road bed replaced with new sidewalks and pavement, had a portion charged to the local property owner.

As it is there is a portion of the bill, $86,794.00, which will be borne by the taxable properties. The total cost of the project is $427,368.

The description of the 31 affected properties is written by Kwiatkowski this way. 'the 4700 block of Davis Avenue (Eby Street to the East property line of #1-4714 Davis Avenue)'