Comment 121506

By greenfingers (registered) | Posted May 11, 2017 at 08:07:16

In a recent discussion with Rachel Braithwaite of the Barton Village BIA we talked about this rebate and how it affected empty stores along Barton St. E. We agreed that elimination of the rebate was a great idea. I suggested that if it is axed that the increased tax revenue be passed on to the BIA for use in fixing up the street in general or even the facades of the actual empty buildings. The city would be getting the same revenue and the neighbourhood affected by the vacant spaces would still be able to improve its appearance. It is important to note that some of the so-called empty commercial rental units actually have people living in them so the landlord is double dipping. If the rebate continues then at the very least we need an inspection process to ensure that they are indeed empty.

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