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Reconciliation fund plan would allow Victoria homeowners to donate to First Nations via property tax – CBC

Mar 23, 2022

Council to debate plan in which an added percentage of tax bill would go to Songhees and Esquimalt nations

Homeowners in Victoria could soon have the option to voluntarily add between five and 10 per cent to their annual property tax bill as a contribution to a reconciliation fund for local Indigenous nations, says Mayor Lisa Helps.

City council will debate the voluntary contribution plan Thursday at a committee meeting where the aim is to have the policy adopted and ready to include in property tax notices later this year, she said.

Helps said the city would collect the money and provide it to the Victoria-area Songhees and Esquimalt nations, along with the $200,000 reconciliation grant the council has previously approved for them.

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