Theatre requests new tax deal

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PARRSBORO Chuck Homewood is hoping an open dialogue with the town will lead to a better agreement on Ships Company Theatres tax bill.

One very important thing Id like to achieve tonight is wellness between the town, its council, its mayor, staff and Ships Company Theatre, said Homewood, the theatres general manager. Id like to overcome some of the hurdles of the past and begin again, so together we can move forward.

The discussion stemmed from a disagreement between the theatre and the town over the tax assessment on the theatres new facility.

PARRSBORO Chuck Homewood is hoping an open dialogue with the town will lead to a better agreement on Ships Company Theatres tax bill.

One very important thing Id like to achieve tonight is wellness between the town, its council, its mayor, staff and Ships Company Theatre, said Homewood, the theatres general manager. Id like to overcome some of the hurdles of the past and begin again, so together we can move forward.

The discussion stemmed from a disagreement between the theatre and the town over the tax assessment on the theatres new facility.

As a cultural space, a large portion of the venue was exempt from property tax, while the remaining portion of the building that houses the administrative offices remained taxable.

Where the two parties disagree is on the percentage of the building that is considered taxable. The town bills the theatre company for 22 per cent of its space, while the theatre contends that it should only be billed for 12 per cent, and Homewood reaffirmed this position in a request to council on Tuesday.

While Mayor Doug Robinson would not commit council to entertaining such a decision, he did agree to maintain an open line of communication on the subject with Ships Company, and recognized its importance to the town and its future.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

I think council appreciates what Ships Company does, and we try our best to balance that off with the requirements of the town, he said. An ongoing dialogue, in my mind, is the only way to go.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

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