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St. Boniface climbing club looking for break on city's improvement fee

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The local climbing club that operates the 20-metre climbing tower in St. Boniface is looking for a tax break from city hall.

The Club d’escalade de Saint-Boniface (CESB) said it was recently issued a $2,633-bill for local improvement work on Messager Street.

André Mahé, CESB chair and treasurer, said the non-profit, volunteer group leases its property from the city, but it’s the only owner on the street that was issued the local improvement bill.

The city recently installed sidewalks and decorative street lighting on Messager. As per the city’s practice, property owners are billed for their share of the work when improvements are made to existing streets.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/10/2015 (1352 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The local climbing club that operates the 20-metre climbing tower in St. Boniface is looking for a tax break from city hall.

The Club d’escalade de Saint-Boniface (CESB) said it was recently issued a $2,633-bill for local improvement work on Messager Street.

André Mahé, CESB chair and treasurer, said the non-profit, volunteer group leases its property from the city, but it’s the only owner on the street that was issued the local improvement bill.

The city recently installed sidewalks and decorative street lighting on Messager. As per the city’s practice, property owners are billed for their share of the work when improvements are made to existing streets.

Mahe said he found out that only the club was billed for the street improvement, as owners of homes on the street are exempt from any local improvement charges following a deal the developer secured with city hall.

"$2,600 is a lot of money to us," Mahe said following the meeting. "We don’t think it’s fair that we are the only ones being required to make this payment."

The club has the support of ward Coun. Matt Allard, who asked the committee to waive the fee.

Committee chairman Coun. John Orlikow said the city isn’t in the financial position to waive fees even for a volunteer non-profit group.

However, the committee reserved its decision until Nov. 30 for an administrative report.

 

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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