NCC vs. Chelsea tax dispute

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Through an access to information, the NCC confirmed it has spent $332,958 defending its right to not pay its fair share of municipal taxes in Chelsea, defying a Quebec law. It owes the municipality of Chelsea $1.5 million in back taxes for the period from 2018 to 2021.

Through an access to information, the NCC confirmed it has spent $332,958 defending its right to not pay its fair share of municipal taxes in Chelsea, defying a Quebec law. It owes the municipality of Chelsea $1.5 million in back taxes for the period from 2018 to 2021.
The NCC paid Justice Canada $183,672 and $149,285 to an outside real estate firm, Altus Group Limited. Note that Altus received that amount for 13 months of consulting services (August 27, 2020 to October 20, 2021).
Since Chelsea sent a formal notice letter to the NCC in October 2021, Chelsea taxpayers have been kept in the dark on the outcome and whether the NCC has continued its delay tactics.
At the first meeting of our new council, we’re hoping our elected officials give electors an update on where this issue stands. Chelsea taxpayers are paying the price for this ordeal and it should have been resolved by now by simply respecting the law.
How can the NCC continue to abuse taxpayer funds? Chelsea residents are hit three ways: by paying the $1.5 million owed, by paying NCC lawyers to fight us and by paying our municipality’s legal counsel to fight the NCC.

Marcel Chartrand
CHELSEA