As a Chelsea resident for more than 25 years, I have been closely following the long drawn-out saga of the National Capital Commission’s dispute with our municipality over their bill for payment in lieu of taxes.
No one is keen to see their tax bill increase, but municipal services, especially roads and policing, cost money and we all shoulder the financial burden.
We enjoy Gatineau Park and its attractions, which see over 2.5 million visits every year. Of course, this creates wear and tear on our municipal infrastructure and increases the cost of our municipal services. The NCC makes money by charging for many services, especially in the Chelsea sector of the park.
Since 2018, the NCC has been in dispute with Chelsea. In discussing this matter with our MP, Will Amos, I was informed the federal dispute advisory panel was the route to follow. After much delay from the NCC, a closed hearing took place in November 2020 and last week the panel’s advice was released. Now it is time for action!
Mr. Nussbaum, put on your big boy pants and accept that your Crown corporation must be a good corporate citizen and pay its payment in lieu of taxes — both the sum in arrears and the new amounts going forward.
We’re in this together. It’s time for you to pay your bills and move on so we can address other major issues, such as active transportation, climate change and respect for our neighbours.
Meriel Beament Bradford