Habitat Denied Tax Relief

Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Sarnia

Sarnia Council has rejected a request for property tax relief for Habitat for Humanity Sarnia Lambton’s offices and ReStore on London Line.

The organization was seeking assistance after its application to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, requesting its tax class be changed from taxable to exempt, was turned down.

Sarnia councillor Jim Foubister says their case needs to be sorted out with MPAC, not the city.

Under the Assessment Act, charitable organizations operating retail outlets can be exempt from taxation if they are receiving public funding.

MPAC determined that the seed funding provided to Habitat from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation didn’t qualify as “public funding.”