Roughriders stripped of property tax exemptions
Instead, council went one step further at Monday night’s meeting and approved an amendment from Coun. Wade Murray (Ward 6) that the Roughriders pay all of the property taxes it owes this year. $55,138. including $3,986 for property at 1881 Elphinstone Street used for parking and $8,637 for two strips of land for parking at 2905 North Railway St.The exemptions have been granted since the team began leasing property from the city in the 1980s.In a March 10 letter to the city, Jim Hopson, CEO of the Roughriders, requested that the $42,515 exemption be removed, citing public concern over the team’s profits and ability to pay property taxes.Thirty five other organizations had their property tax exemptions approved.The matter will go to a future council meeting where a bylaw will be voted on that incorporates the amendment.Meanwhile, food trucks operating in downtown Regina and at the City Square Plaza this summer will now do so at an increased cost. Council approved a fee hike to $1,775 compared to last year when a mobile vending licence cost $500 and, for an additional $600, vendors could operate at the plaza.The $1,775 overall fee breaks down into $1,400 for a city permit, $250 for membership with the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and $125 for a hollister clothing n annual Sask Power gas system inspection. The $1,400 city permit includes a $700 pe hollister clothing rmit fee, $600 for parking, electrical service and maintenance at the plaza and $100 for 100 hours at parking meters.Council also gave the green light to hollister clothing administration’s multi family, on site property recycling program recommenda hollister clothing tion for apartment and condominium buildings by Jan. 1. The city will not be involved in the program. Rather, property owners are required to contract the services from a private company to collect and sort recyclable material.An on site recycling storage facility will also have to be provided by property owners.Curtis West, the general manager of Loraas Disposal, asked council to amend a provision in the bylaw that would require glass products to be collected. West argued that the costs of collecting glass would negatively affect the company’s ability to collect and process plastic bags and Styrofoam.”Which would you prefer to have recycled and kept in our landfills plastic bags and Styrofoam or glass?” he asked.