Tax break: Council gives new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre official exemption

Vanessa MacNeil
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BIRCHTOWn: The Municipality of the District of Shelburne has granted the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre tax-exempt status for 2016. 

BLHC gets tax break for museum

“We've done so in other years, and we've extended that to this year,” chief administrative officer Kirk Cox said Jan. 13.

The decision was passed at a council meeting Dec. 21 and differs from previous years due to the new facility.

“In the past, the bill was only about $500,” explained Cox.  With the centre's new building, the tax bill has increased substantially.

“The bill was around $68,000,” confirmed Cox, who stressed that this is not something the museum asked for.

“They weren't requesting the tax exemption.  This is just something that we've done unofficially in the past and we're doing again.  It's now officially on the books.”

The 10,000-square foot facility officially opened in June 2015 to replace the building lost in a fire in 2006.  The project cost approximately $4.6 million and was funded through corporate sponsorships and money from both the federal and provincial governments. 

Geographic location: Shelburne

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