Residents of Fort McMurray are getting a tax break following last May’s wildfires.
The RM of Wood Buffalo Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to refund a portion of property taxes for the time residents were forced from their homes. Councillor Sheldon Germain told the meeting attended by Global News, “This is all about a statement of caring that we as a committee and we as a municipality care about our residents.”
Councillor Keith McGrath says “For me, for the month I was away it was very minimal – probably about $120 to $130 – but in this sense, it’s more to do with the people that weren’t really allowed home for four or five months. For people that have nothing but ash in their basement – that’s what it’s all about.”
The base tax rate will fall for all home owners. Additional relief will be extended to those who were unable to go back during the early re-entry in June. Even more help will be available for those whose homes remain uninhabitable.
Full details are still to be worked out.