A cat under the care of the Burlington Humane Society.

A cat under the care of the Burlington Humane Society.

The Budget and Corporate Services Committee unanimously approved on Tuesday a tax exemption for the Burlington Humane Society for a $45,000 retroactive tax bill.

The decision goes to council for final approval Monday, Dec. 10.

The humane society received a $44,233.95 bill in October after it was revealed it had been incorrectly reassessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in 2009 as being exempt from property taxes.

The bill was deemed as being ‘unduly burdensome’ by the city’s director of finance Joan Ford after reviewing the humane society’s financial statements in a meeting with humane society staff in late November.

This ‘unduly burdensome’ designation means the bill can be considered for exemption under Section 365 of the Municipal Act, which allows the city to pass a bylaw for the relief of taxes that are considered ‘unduly burdensome'.

The city will cover its portion of the bill at $17,427.92, while the education portion of $10,215.25 intended for the Halton District School Board will be written off.

The region may pass a similar bylaw under Section 365, meaning it will cover its $16,590.78 portion of the $44,233.95 tax bill. The region is expected to vote on the issue at its last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 12. If the region does not approve the exemption, the city will be on the hook for the $16,590.78.

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