Rural Muncipal Taxes – Further Correspondence

From: McFadyen, Linda <Linda.McFadyen@leg.gov.mb.ca>
Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: RM taxes etc
To: Cheryl Smith <cssweets@gmail.com>
Cc: Premier <PREMIER@leg.gov.mb.ca>
Cheryl,
 
You’re very welcome.  Just to be clear on the timing for all of this – you should have a new assessed value before November of 2011 (for the 2012 tax year).  We’ve spoken to the affected municipalities, who have agreed to hold their Boards of Revision as late as possible in November.
 
So you should still have the opportunity to appeal if you do not agree with the lowered assessed value that is provided to you.
 
From: Cheryl Smith [mailto:cssweets@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 10:41 AM
To: McFadyen, Linda
Cc: Premier
Subject: Re: RM taxes etc
 
Hi Linda,
 
Thank you so much for clarifying things, this makes a lot of sense, I appreciate your quick response to this question as our organization (Association of Lake MB Stakeholders) has a meeting tomorrow and this question has been popping up quite a bit lately.
 
Again, I wish to thank you, the government officials and all of the people involved with this crisis for the continuous efforts and resources put toward the Lake Manitoba Flood situation. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Smith
ALMS Co-Chair
 
 
 
On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM, McFadyen, Linda <Linda.McFadyen@leg.gov.mb.ca> wrote:
Good morning Cheryl,
 
Normally when there is flooding, our assessors go in and review the assessment of damaged properties as soon as the water recedes, to provide a new assessed value that reflects flood damage.  We don’t require property owners to appeal in order to get a reduced assessment.  In 1997, for example, we were able to reassess all damaged properties in Ritchot in June of that year and new assessment notices were delivered in July.
 
However, this flood is different in that our assessors have been unable to get into flooded areas to carry out the reassessment in a timely way.   For that reason, the Province made a decision just to pay the taxes for a portion of this year at the pre-flood value, because it is understood that these properties have lost value and paying the full amount of the taxes would be onerous for both the taxpayer and the municipality.  So there is no need to worry about appealing for 2011.
 
We are already working on a plan to provide new assessment for 2012 and we will ensure that you have a new assessed values that reflects flood damage for 2012.  You will not be required to appeal the value of your property.
 
I hope this answers your questions.  
 
From: Cheryl Smith [mailto:cssweets@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:28 AM
To: Premier
Cc: McFadyen, Linda
Subject: RM taxes etc
 
Dear Mr. Premier, thanks for the update provided below, we are very greatful for all that this government has done for the flood victims to date, however after carefully considering the implications of the provincial governent paying the school and municipal taxes for affected home/cottage owners I have the following question:

1)  How will this affect those who were prepared to appeal the tax assessment (deadline coming up in Sept) on their properties? If the Manitoba government pays the taxes based on the pre-flood conditions, will we still be able to appeal the assessment next year?

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Premier <PREMIER@leg.gov.mb.ca> wrote:
Cheryl Smith
cssweets@gmail.com
 
Dear Ms Smith:
 
On behalf of Premier Greg Selinger, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and concerns regarding this year’s unprecedented flood. This is a difficult and stressful time for many Manitobans and Premier Selinger appreciates you taking the time to contact his office.
 
On May 24, Premier Selinger announced the 2011 Flood Building and Recovery Action Plan, a three-part strategy to build for the future, strengthen communities, and help families and producers deal with the serious impacts of flooding. For more information, please contact Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp (MASC) at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding or floodrecovery@masc.mb.ca or phone 1-855-220-1822 (toll-free).
 
The Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan includes a special Lake Manitoba Financial Assistance Programs to provide recovery support for families and producers in your area. Program details are available at the web address above and any questions about the program can be raised through the toll-free number.
 
On July 4, Premier Selinger announced enhancements to the Action Plan for primary residents along Lake Manitoba. These enhancements include increasing the maximum amount of financial assistance available to home owners to $270,000, or $300,000 if permanent flood protection is undertaken. A 2011 Individual Flood Proofing Initiative has also been launched, offering up to $86,000 in financial assistance toward projects to permanently flood proof homes.
 
Also, for those who are eligible, the Individual Flood Proofing Initiative will be available for non-primary residences, where up to $34,400 will be provided to permanently flood protect cottages.
 
For Manitobans who have had property damaged by the 2011 flood, the province will cover municipal and school taxes for families for the period of time from when their property was damaged through to the end of the year. Municipalities have been asked to identify the flood-affected properties that will qualify for this tax relief.
 
Please also note that there is extensive information available on our website related to the 2011 flood, including lake and river forecast information, new investments in flood mitigation works and flood-proofing, and resources for flood recovery and support. Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/flooding for more information and check back often for updates.
 
Thank you,
 
Joel Carleton
Flood Intake Coordinator

Rural Muncipal Taxes

ALMS received this update on August 15th from Linda McFadyen:

From: McFadyen, Linda <Linda.McFadyen@leg.gov.mb.ca>
Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Subject: RE: RM taxes etc
To: Cheryl Smith <cssweets@gmail.com>, Premier <PREMIER@leg.gov.mb.ca>
Good morning Cheryl,
 
Normally when there is flooding, our assessors go in and review the assessment of damaged properties as soon as the water recedes, to provide a new assessed value that reflects flood damage.  We don’t require property owners to appeal in order to get a reduced assessment.  In 1997, for example, we were able to reassess all damaged properties in Ritchot in June of that year and new assessment notices were delivered in July.
 
However, this flood is different in that our assessors have been unable to get into flooded areas to carry out the reassessment in a timely way.   For that reason, the Province made a decision just to pay the taxes for a portion of this year at the pre-flood value, because it is understood that these properties have lost value and paying the full amount of the taxes would be onerous for both the taxpayer and the municipality.  So there is no need to worry about appealing for 2011.
 
We are already working on a plan to provide new assessment for 2012 and we will ensure that you have a new assessed values that reflects flood damage for 2012.  You will not be required to appeal the value of your property.
 
I hope this answers your questions.  

 
From: Cheryl Smith [mailto:cssweets@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:28 AM
To: Premier
Cc: McFadyen, Linda
Subject: RM taxes etc
 
Dear Mr. Premier, thanks for the update provided below, we are very greatful for all that this government has done for the flood victims to date, however after carefully considering the implications of the provincial governent paying the school and municipal taxes for affected home/cottage owners I have the following question:

1)  How will this affect those who were prepared to appeal the tax assessment (deadline coming up in Sept) on their properties? If the Manitoba government pays the taxes based on the pre-flood conditions, will we still be able to appeal the assessment next year?

 
Dear Ms Smith:
 
On behalf of Premier Greg Selinger, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and concerns regarding this year’s unprecedented flood. This is a difficult and stressful time for many Manitobans and Premier Selinger appreciates you taking the time to contact his office.
 
On May 24, Premier Selinger announced the 2011 Flood Building and Recovery Action Plan, a three-part strategy to build for the future, strengthen communities, and help families and producers deal with the serious impacts of flooding. For more information, please contact Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp (MASC) at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding or floodrecovery@masc.mb.ca or phone 1-855-220-1822 (toll-free).
 
The Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan includes a special Lake Manitoba Financial Assistance Programs to provide recovery support for families and producers in your area. Program details are available at the web address above and any questions about the program can be raised through the toll-free number.
 
On July 4, Premier Selinger announced enhancements to the Action Plan for primary residents along Lake Manitoba. These enhancements include increasing the maximum amount of financial assistance available to home owners to $270,000, or $300,000 if permanent flood protection is undertaken. A 2011 Individual Flood Proofing Initiative has also been launched, offering up to $86,000 in financial assistance toward projects to permanently flood proof homes.
 
Also, for those who are eligible, the Individual Flood Proofing Initiative will be available for non-primary residences, where up to $34,400 will be provided to permanently flood protect cottages.
 
For Manitobans who have had property damaged by the 2011 flood, the province will cover municipal and school taxes for families for the period of time from when their property was damaged through to the end of the year. Municipalities have been asked to identify the flood-affected properties that will qualify for this tax relief.
 
Please also note that there is extensive information available on our website related to the 2011 flood, including lake and river forecast information, new investments in flood mitigation works and flood-proofing, and resources for flood recovery and support. Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/flooding for more information and check back often for updates.
 
Thank you,
 
Joel Carleton
Flood Intake Coordinator

2nd Response from the Province

Dear Ms Smith:
 
On behalf of Premier Greg Selinger, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and concerns regarding this year’s unprecedented flood. This is a difficult and stressful time for many Manitobans and Premier Selinger appreciates you taking the time to contact his office.
 
On May 24, Premier Selinger announced the 2011 Flood Building and Recovery Action Plan, a three-part strategy to build for the future, strengthen communities, and help families and producers deal with the serious impacts of flooding. For more information, please contact Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp (MASC) at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding or floodrecovery@masc.mb.ca or phone 1-855-220-1822 (toll-free).
 
The Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan includes a special Lake Manitoba Financial Assistance Programs to provide recovery support for families and producers in your area. Program details are available at the web address above and any questions about the program can be raised through the toll-free number.
 
On July 4, Premier Selinger announced enhancements to the Action Plan for primary residents along Lake Manitoba. These enhancements include increasing the maximum amount of financial assistance available to home owners to $270,000, or $300,000 if permanent flood protection is undertaken. A 2011 Individual Flood Proofing Initiative has also been launched, offering up to $86,000 in financial assistance toward projects to permanently flood proof homes.
 
Also, for those who are eligible, the Individual Flood Proofing Initiative will be available for non-primary residences, where up to $34,400 will be provided to permanently flood protect cottages.
 
For Manitobans who have had property damaged by the 2011 flood, the province will cover municipal and school taxes for families for the period of time from when their property was damaged through to the end of the year. Municipalities have been asked to identify the flood-affected properties that will qualify for this tax relief.
 
Please also note that there is extensive information available on our website related to the 2011 flood, including lake and river forecast information, new investments in flood mitigation works and flood-proofing, and resources for flood recovery and support. Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/flooding for more information and check back often for updates.
 
Thank you,
 
Joel Carleton
Flood Intake Coordinator

Various Documents from Other Organizations

Below are a number of documents other organizations such as the Delta Beach Association(DBA), Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners(MACO), Lake Manitoba Rehab Committee, and the Twin Beaches Flood Action Committee have provided to ALMS for information and reference purposes. These documents do not necessarily represent the views of ALMS and are provided strictly as a service to ALMS and it’s members:

MAFRI and DBA Meeting Minutes

 MACO Stmt on Lake Manitoba

Lake Manitoba Rehab Committee June Meeting Minutes

Lake Manitoba Rehab Committee Stmt to Govmt

Twin Beaches Action Committee Notes