Colchester County writes off uncollectable tax debt

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Truro taxi company included in delinquent accounts

TRURO - Colchester County is writing off tax arrears owed by a Truro taxi company, despite the fact the business is still operating.

And that news did not sit well with Coun. Wade Parker.

"Why are we giving them a tax exemption?" he asked, given that the company, U Need A Taxi, is still in business.

The problem, however, as explained by corporate services director Bruce Purchase, is that the business, which was once located in Bible Hill, currently is based out of Truro.

"We've even sent it to a collection agency," Purchase said of the $455.92 debt owed to the county.

"I still don't think it's correct," Parker responded, of the decision to write off the taxes, which date to the fiscal year of 1997-98.

Purchase said the county has no means to place a lien on the company and to fight the matter in small claims court would cost more than the value of the debt.

Council this week approved tax write-offs to four accounts, totalling $1,652.80.

The other three accounts include a write-off of $224.60 to Edward Garinger; $681.83 owed by Wayne Burns and $290.45 owed by an unknown owner of property on Main Street in Bible Hill.

The current tax levy for the 2013-14 fiscal year was $29.6 million, of which 90 per cent, or $26.6 million, has already been collected.

Last year, the municipality wrote off taxes totalling $4,330.35, Debert Water Utility fees in the amount of $1,626.74 and tipping fees of $5,496.20.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter:@tdnharry

Geographic location: Truro, Bible Hill, Colchester County

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