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BTBIA looks to expand its reach in Tottenham

Posted February 7, 2020

The Beeton Tottenham Business Improvement Association (BTBIA) wants to grow its boundaries to take in the 3rd Line plaza and Woodington Lake in Tottenham.

Ward 8 councillor Alan Lacey has posted a notice of motion seeking to direct Town staff to draft a report on moving forward with the provincially legislated process set out in Section 209 of the Municipal Act.

Municipalities can alter BIA boundaries but not before working through a notification period "to every person who, on the last returned assessment roll, is assessed for rateable property that is in a prescribed business property." Within 30 days, the owner is required to "give a copy of the notice to each tenant of the property to which the notice relates who is required to pay all or part of the taxes on the property; and give the clerk of the municipality a list of every tenant described in clause (a) and the share of the taxes that each tenant is required to pay and the share that the person is required to pay."

Commercial properties inside an established BIA become members and are assessed an annual levy along with their property taxes.

Those who are notified have 60 days to file an objection in writing. The bylaw could not be approved if, "in the case of a proposed addition to an existing improvement area," the objectors make up one-third "of the taxes levied for purposes of the general local municipality levy on rateable property in all prescribed business property classes in the geographic area the proposed by-law would add to the existing improvement area."

The bylaw could proceed if "sufficient objections" are withdrawn in writing within the 60-day period which would reduce the one-third opposed theshold.

Alliston BIA has expanded its boundaries in recent years to include the commercial plazas along Young Street to the western boundary.


All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri