Ontario Campground Owners Ponder Suit
The owner of the Kitchagami Family Campground, near Goderich, Ontario, said the next step for campground owners in his province is the Supreme Court of Canada if they want to appeal the latest court ruling regarding assessment of campers, according to CKNX Radio, Wingham, Ontario.
The recent Ontario Appeal Court decision allows municipalities to tax some trailer sites as well as the campground property itself. The decision means private campground operators with trailer sites won’t be getting an estimated $50 million in property tax rebates they were hoping for if the decision had gone the other way.
Campground owner Bob Szuz said the original intent of the legislation was to apply property tax to people who were living in their campers year-round.
But the assessment was applied according to the size of the camper, rather than how long people lived in it.
So Szuz said campground owners are once again having to be tax collectors for the province, or absorb the cost themselves.
Szuz says the only alternative now for campground owners is to go the Supreme Court of Canada and that’s something they are considering.
But the owner of the Kitchagami Family Campground went on to say cost is becoming a factor.