Motion To: Whereas the Province has dictated that vacant commercial properties may apply for and receive a tax rebate if the property is vacant; and Whereas this subsidy is directly from municipal revenues; and Whereas some properties are allowed to become derelict or create property standards issues; Therefore be it resolved that Council, to encourage activity with respect to these properties, petition the Province to limit access to this rebate to a three (3) year period for properties meeting the following criteria: • more than 50% of the building is vacant; • the property is not in an area with higher than average vacancy; • the property is not a single purpose/use property; and • the Chief Property Standards Officer has determined that the property is derelict and does not meet generally accepted property standards.

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Vote recorded from City Council on 2013-02-13 regarding agenda item TAX REBATE FOR VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.

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