By J.W. Schnarr
A new policy implemented by Vauxhall council will make it easier for some residents to pay off their overdue municipal taxes.
During their regular meeting on Feb. 2, council addressed the policy, which is needed for council to enforce penalties on their municipal taxes. But the policy would also provide a means for residents who are behind on their taxes to work within a payment plan to get caught up.
“In order for us to charge a penalty, we need to have this in place,” said Mayor Margaret Plumtree.
Anyone who goes two years in arrears can have their taxes registered on title by the end of March. The town has a payment plan sheet residents can sign to have their taxes paid, but during a recent municipal review it was discovered a policy was needed for the plan to be used.
According to the Municipal Government Act, councils may only act through bylaws or resolutions, and a policy is needed in order to allow residents the opportunity to take part in the repayment plan.