NIPAWIN — Taxes will not increase in Nipawin this year.
Nipawin council voted unanimously to leave tax rates unchanged from the 2019 rates at its June 3 special meeting.
Property assessments saw an increase in taxable assets of 2.31 per cent, resulting in an increase in tax revenue of $45,000. However, Lesley Richer, the finance director, said property owners still have the chance to appeal their assessments until June 30, and so town council is allowing for a total tax revenue decrease of between $10,000 and $25,000 if any appeal is successful.
Nipawin council also voted unanimously to replace the brine chiller at the Centennial and Jubilee Arena Complex.
Through the months of March and April, Stevenson Industrial Refrigeration ran regular maintenance and shut down for the 2020 year. Leaks were found and, following repairs and diagnostic checks, were able to be maintained, however, Chelsea Corrigan, the recreation director, said the integrity of the machine has been brought into question. Stevenson Industrial Refrigeration will be replacing the machine and insurance should be able to cover some of the cost.
Council voted to buy and install the new brine chiller using funds from the Ten Year Machinery Reserve. This will not impact the insurance claim that is being put forward and all resulting funds from the claim will go back into the Ten Year Machinery Reserve.
Changes were also approved to the Town of Nipawin Business Licensing Bylaw to include both mobile food vendors and taxi cabs as regulated businesses for the town.