Yorkton Council has once again approved appointing Gord Krismer & Associates to act as the City of Yorkton’s Board of Revision.
The group, was initially approved to the position in 2017, explained Ashley Stradeski, Director of Finance, with the City.
“The decision to move in this direction was driven by multiple factors, such as complexity of the assessment process, quasi-judicial appeal process, and potential losses from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board,” detailed material circulated to the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.
Stradeski noted, following recent decisions received from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board, Administration feels the move has been a favorable one.
The most recent rulings from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board upheld decisions made by the Board of Revision in 2017 for over 40 commercial properties in the City of Yorkton.
The number of appeals filed in 2018 were down from 117 the previous year.
However, of the 65 filed, 60 were commercial properties representing roughly 30 per cent of the commercial taxable assessment, said Stradeski.
While the City of Yorkton did experience some loss in the commercial sector as a result of the appeals, the financial loss of less than $80,000.00 was related to one property. The Board ruled in favor of SAMA in 45 of the 50 appeals heard by the Board.
The 2018 operating budget for the Board of Revision was $10,000.00 with the final operating cost coming in at $5,010.00. This amount was offset by recovering $20,400.00 in appeal fees the City of Yorkton retained as a result of Board of Revision Decisions.