I went before the appeal board last week and gave an in depth presentation that was very well received. The bottom line is that BC Assessment has done a good job assessing the fair market value of the home ($370,000). Their mandate IS NOT TAXATION, but simply the valuation of the home…
John Horgan visited Gord and I last week on the day before my appeal. We had a lovely three hour chat about many things. He agreed that this taxation was wrong but that changes would have to come from legislation in the ministry of finance. He said that this would be a difficult push at this point because, face it, there not too many people in this position. It comes back to the chicken and egg argument.
The appeal panel also agreed that this seems to be unfair and is effectively a dis-incentive. They said the solution may be something like the farm tax credit. They also had some vision in saying that in a perfect world all homes would have solar roofs and there wouldn’t need to be special treatment.
So, that’s where I’m at. I may take it to the next appeal which will be recorded for public record…and thus perhaps get the media involved. (the first appeal was private with NO record) other than my own memory.