Sylvan skateboard, BMX park seek tax exemption

A Sylvan Lake non-profit group that runs an indoor skateboard and BMX park is hoping to land a tax break.

A Sylvan Lake non-profit group that runs an indoor skateboard and BMX park is hoping to land a tax break.

Incline Industries has been operating in town since 2007 and became a non-profit society in 2011. The society is leasing space owned by Illuma Ventures at 4425 50th St.

Darcy Carruthers, chairman of Incline Industries Youth Foundation, has requested that the property taxes paid over the last five years since the non-profit was formed be reimbursed. The total would amount to $53,275.

Darren Moore, the town’s director of finance, told council on Monday that Incline appears to meet the requirements for an exemption, but he stopped short of recommending a retroactive exemption dating back five years.

Councillors raised a number of concerns about the request because the status of a retail business that will be moving to the Incline site is unclear.

Some councillors were concerned that it would be unfair to other businesses if the leasehold site at Incline was given a tax exemption. There was also some question about how the exemption would apply to a neighbouring parking lot.

Council deferred making a decision until Incline could provide more information.