Tender for downtown reconstruction under budget

Zero taxes for Legion and Army & Navy & Airforce

The Town got good news when they opened the tenders for the downtown reconstruction project. There were a total of 7 companies who submitted a tender and the Town awarded the contract to Lavis Contracting Co. Limited, from Clinton, at a cost of $1,849,166.89 including HST and contingencies. Because the Town receives a rebate on the HST, and with engineering and other expenses spent so far, the Town said that the total savings for the project as against what was budgeted will be $152,958. The construction is expected to begin at the end of this month. The highest bid submitted was from Permanent Paving at $3,111,465.

The Royal Canadian Legion and the Army & Navy, St. Marys got good news from Town Council when they decided that both service clubs would not have to pay property taxes in the future. Town Treasurer, Jim Brown explained that the Royal Canadian Legion had requested full exemption from property taxation. Brown explained that “certain premises used as a memorial home or clubhouse by an organization of persons who served in the Armed Forces of His or Her Majesty or an ally in any war” can be exempted from paying property taxes. Because the Canadian Legion had requested the exemption, Council included the Army & Navy also because they are the only two organizations this exemption would apply to in St. Marys. The financial effect for this exemption would be $3,700 per year.