Red Deer County trying to fix problem collecting taxes from mobile homes

County officials said two manufactured home parks lax in turning over necessary tax information

Tired of chasing down taxes from residents of a pair of mobile home parks, Red Deer County is proposing park owners do the collecting.

County council was told Tuesday the municipality has had trouble collecting property taxes in Kountry Meadows and Melody Meadows manufactured home parks.

It is up to the park owners to let the county know about ownership changes and other information necessary to levy property taxes.

But that hasn’t been happening on a timely basis, county legislative services manager Nancy Lougheed told council.

The county has found itself sending tax bills to the wrong person, or losing out on taxes when homeowners move away and new owners are not known.

To fix the issue, a proposed bylaw would make the parks’ owners responsible for paying all residents’ taxes. Those bills would then be passed on to the manufactured homeowners through rents or other means.

Kountry Meadows is located just north of Benalto and Melody Meadows is just west of Red Deer.

A similar issue arose with Les’ Trailer Park in 2007, and the county took the same approach.

Some councillors were leery of singling out a pair of manufactured home parks for different tax treatment.

“It sounds like we should do it to all, so we’re consistent,” said Coun. Philip Massier.

Coun. Christine Moore also suggested a policy be created to treat all parks the same.

“My concern is the optics of this,” she said.

Council was told that the county has not had the same problems getting up-to-date tax information from other parks, so they were not included in the bylaw.

Mayor Jim Wood said it is the county’s job to make sure taxes are collected and all ratepayers are treated fairly.

“I think the key thing is that everyone is assessed a tax,” he said, following the council meeting. “And what’s happening now is we’re not getting the proper reporting necessary back from the folks at the trailer park.

“Eventually, people come and go and we have no way to even collect the taxes.

“We’ve done this in the past and it’s worked out very well.”

Wood said council has only passed first reading and anyone who wants to comment on the proposed bylaw can come to the Sept. 17 council meeting, when the issue will be further debated.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Huge crowds gathering in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade, rally

TORONTO — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in the team’s gear are… Continue reading

Boeing says ‘sorry’ for Max crashes, seeks renewed trust

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing executives apologized Monday to airlines and families… Continue reading

Protesters demand embattled Hong Kong leader resign

HONG KONG — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office… Continue reading

After harsh Twitter exchanges, Senate will look at new social media policy

OTTAWA — An independent senator is on a mission to get members… Continue reading

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass, preaching to choir: experts

CALGARY — Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an… Continue reading

Pro-pipelines rally draws crowd to City Hall

Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Canada missing out on billions in revenue

Canadian sports fans have changed since the Blue Jays’ World Series wins

TORONTO — After more than a quarter century since one of the… Continue reading

Henderson wins Meijer LPGA to break Canadian victory record

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on… Continue reading

Franchise fatigue continues with ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’

LOS ANGELES — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting… Continue reading

‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

NEW YORK — A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,”… Continue reading

Federal cabinet decision on fate of Trans Mountain pipeline due Tuesday

OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s $4.5 billion gamble to buy the Trans… Continue reading

Skier, 22 dies after fall on Mount Haig near Castle Mountain Ski Resort

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. — RCMP from the Pincher Creek, Alta., detachment are… Continue reading

4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch

NEW YORK — It was the escalator ride that would change history.… Continue reading

Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that… Continue reading

Most Read