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castanet.net 10 May, 2022 20:45 am

Spallumcheen ordered to pay $350,000 after selling property in tax sale without owner's knowledge

Spallumcheen ordered to pay $350,000 after selling property in tax sale without owner's knowledge
The Township of Spallumcheen has been ordered to pay more than $350,000 after selling a man's property over unpaid taxes.

Anthony Morgan took the municipality to court after it sold his nine-acre Round Lake Road property in its 2017 tax sale without telling him.Weatherill says "neither the plaintiff nor mortgagees registered against the property were given proper or any notice of the impending tax sale.At the time of the tax sale, the delinquent taxes owing to the defendant were $7,683.Weatherill agreed with the plaintiff, who said he should receive fair market value, while township sought to pay the value as of the tax sale – a difference of approximately $190,000.

Weatherill said the defendant failed to notify the plaintiff of the tax sale in accordance with the Local Government Act.The township attempted to extend the one-year redemption period in Morgan's favour, but the tax sale buyer filed notice of civil claim to enforce the purchase, which went ahead on Feb.

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