The United Church should be paying taxes for its Queen Charlotte property now that the building is no longer being used for regular services, according to Area F director Carol Kulesha.
At last week’s Queen Charlotte Management Committee meeting, Ms Kulesha asked regional district administrator Janet Beil to investigate how to get the property onto the tax roll. “If it’s no longer a church, then it should pay taxes like everyone else,” said Ms Kulesha.
The management committee also plans to write the national office of the United Church, proposing the property and building be donated to the community, since the property was a gift from a local business early in the last century, and the present building was largely built by local volunteers with donated materials.
The committee decided to do this after a presentation by Queen Charlotte resident Erwin Roth last January who told the committee the church belonged to the community and shouldn’t be sold for profit by the national church.
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