Three Calgary bingo halls got some good news from the City of Calgary Tuesday.
For the second year in a row they won’ t have to pay municipal property taxes.
In an 8-5 vote council approved the tax break. It’s a move to help the non-profit groups that hold fundraisers at the facilities.
Councillor Andre Chabot said he expects the provincial government will rewrite the rules and give the bingo facilities a permanent tax exemption.
“The province has imposed taxation on to those bingo facilities because I think they’re struggling with interpretation of their own rules which is why they’re looking at amending them.”
Bingo halls are currently excluded from tax exemption status but that is set to be reviewed before the fall sitting of the legislature.
“All I’m asking us to do is not burden these guys with the tax this year when ultimately it’s going to be eliminated in the future,” said Chabot.
The three facilities would have owed over $189,000 this year.