Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)

Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria Airport Authority receives $622,000 in tax assessment appeals

Authority contested value of land and airport terminal in 2018, 2019 and 2020

A spokesperson for the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) running Victoria International Airport welcomes a tax refund of $622,000.

“It helps with our operating budget that we have to deal with with the downturn in travel,” said Rod Hunchak, community relations director, business development at Victoria International Airport, in pointing to the significant revenues losses caused by COVID-19. He made those comments after the authority had won two appeals in front of the property assessment appeal board. The first appeal challenged the assessment of the airport lands and terminal for the years of 2018 and 2019, the second for 2020.

North Saanich’s original assessment would have yielded $709,700 for 2018, $766,330 for 2019 and $804,500 for 2020. In the end, the authority ended up paying $548,800, $531,900 and $577,350 for those respective years.

“We are glad that the effort that we put into making the appeal with BC Assessment resulted in that credit,” said Hunchak. “It’s a negotiation. It’s a compromise. Our calculations would have resulted in a higher refund, but this is a compromise based on input from both sides. We are happy that we came to a resolution that resulted in that refund.”

RELATED:New flight into Victoria from Vancouver had COVID-case, warns BCCDC

Hunchak said he could not comment on the specific reasons that led VAA to challenge its assessment.

VAA has filed a total of six appeals over the last decade, according to North Saanich staff.

When pressed about any lasting political ramifications in the airport’s relationship with North Saanich stemming from these appeals, Hunchak said that the authority has always had a very good working relationship with the municipality. “We are just pleased that the work that we put into, the efforts that we spent in trying to come to a conclusion with BC Assessment…has resulted positively, at least from our perspective.”

RELATED:COVID-19 exposure reported on Victoria flight

Rebecca Penz, North Saanich’s manager of communication, said this issue is not about the district’s relationship with the authority. “It’s about VAA contesting the assessment from BC Assessment,” she said. “The district maintains a good working relationship with VAA and we have accepted the Property Assessment Appeal Board Decision.”

Looking at the impact of the appeal on North Saanich’s municipal finances, Penz said the municipality had anticipated a reduction in VAA’s assessments in 2018, upon being notified of the first appeal.

“In response, council resolved to place a portion of tax dollars budgeted each year into the Contingency Reserve Fund to ensure any loss in property tax revenue resulting from the appeals would have minimal impact on future budgets,” she said.

The appeal figures appeared publicly in the agenda of North Saanich council.


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From right: Brad Cameron, BCEHS superintendent of patient care delivery for Greater Victoria, with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore paramedics didn’t waver when faced with COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Emergency Health Services personnel are this year’s Courage and Bravery Award recipients

February is Black History Month. (Photo: Government of Canada)
Camosun College highlighting Black content with research guide during Black History Month

The collection includes a range of works by Black authors and creators

Amy Morrison was surprised to find a note on her windshield for parking on a public street with no restrictions in south Oak Bay where she works. (Amy Morrison Photo)
Oak Bay resident uses notes to claim street parking

‘You must have noticed, we park in front of OUR HOUSE,’ note writer says

Debra Sheets, a University of Victoria nursing professor, is starting Victoria’s first Memory Cafe program for adults with dementia and their caregivers. (Photo: Debra Sheets)
Memory Cafe Victoria hopes to connect local dementia community

Adults with dementia and their caregivers will participate in weekly Zoom socializing and activities

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives to view the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Death threats mount against Dr. Bonnie Henry, sparking condemnation from Horgan, Dix

Henry has become a staple on televisions in homes across British Columbia since January 2020

Most Read