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November 23, 2014
We are experiencing a brisk response to our Email-Blast for membership renewal. One positive result is a huge increase in the number of members who are discovering our rejuvenated website at www.whiteshellcottagers.com. Large numbers of cottagers are registering on the site and renewing their memberships there as well!
This is a very good result in itself, since up to now, the only ways we could contact our membership were via the Echo and by Canada Post mailings. The Website and our membership email list, now represent important new avenues for us to keep in touch with our members, and for members to keep in touch with us.
On exactly that point, I want to update cottagers on some of the feedback we are getting from members with respect to our campaign for membership renewals.
November 4, 2014
Cottage Occupancy Cost Comparisons:
Gimli, Lac du Bonnet, and Whiteshell
In its statements, the government has made claims that amount to slander with respect to cottagers being freeloaders, not paying their fair share, being subsidized by poor widows in Winnipeg etc etc. The WCA is fortunate to have members with expertise that allows the organization to read between the lines of the Ministry’s statements about their service fee and lease rate policies. On careful study, none of these outrageous claims of the government carry any weight. For example, here is an analysis of comparative Occupancy Costs in three regions of the province which reveals the emptiness of the Ministry’s claim that cottagers pay far less in occupancy costs than do landowners in neighboring or similar locations in the province.
November 4, 2014
Unraveling the Mystery:
Assessment, Taxation, Park Service Fees, and Crown Land Rent
There are two cottage worlds in Manitoba. Cottagers who lease lots in provincial parks and cottagers who own titled land within a municipality (or in a very few cases, within a provincial park). The provincial government has raised the issue of fairness when they have compared occupancy costs between these two worlds.
The Municipal World
The cottage lot in a municipality is taxed under the authority of the Municipal Assessment Act (MAA). The municipality and the local school division have the authority to levy property taxes. The amounts levied must be based on a cash requirement determined by annual budgets which are public documents revealing all planned expenditures and all expected revenues by source.
The level at which individuals pay these taxes is determined by an evidence based property assessment using a market value (MV) established by the comparison of sales records of similar property over the period between re-assessments.
October 30, 2014
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