Thursday, January 17, 2008

Campgrounds lose $50-million Tax Rebate

Owen Sound Sun Times - Owen Sound,Ontario,Canada
A recent Ontario Appeal Court decision means private campground operators with trailer sites won’t be getting an estimated $50 million in property tax rebates they were hoping for if the decision had gone the other way.

Carson’s Camp in Sauble Beach and the Ontario Private Campground Association (OPAC) led the legal challenge to a provincial decision 20 years ago to allow municipalities to tax some trailer sites as well as the campground property itself.

In 2005 the Ontario Superior Court found in favour of OPAC and Carson’s Camp, but the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula appealed that decision.

The issue of assessment of trailers in private campgrounds has a long history, much of it focused on Sauble Beach which has several large campgrounds with hundreds of trailer sites.
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