While figuring out their income tax may not be difficult for some, it can be stressful to others—especially if they can't afford to hire a service to do it for them.
As such, the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau once again is offering a helping hand through the Canada Revenue Agency's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVIP).
Under it, volunteers donate their time to aid low-income families, people living with disabilities, seniors, and others prepare their income tax forms for free before the April 30 filing deadline, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft said at Monday night's council meeting.
Those who want help with their taxes can get it at the Volunteer Bureau (located in the old CN station).
“Unfortunately, because they're volunteers, they don't have a regular schedule,” said Coun. Wiedenhoeft, who sits on the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau board.
“If you do need help, the schedule of the volunteers being there will be posted on the door of the train station,” he noted.
As in previous years, the free service is aimed at those in a lower income bracket—individuals with a net income of $30,000 or less.
Those who do seek tax help should come prepared and bring all the necessary information with them.
Also at Monday night's meeting, council:
- agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to approve the capital purchase of two sets of bunker gear for the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service in the amount of $3,690.06;
- agreed to the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to award Tender No. 19-AF-02 (triple combination custom pumper fire truck) to Fort Garry Fire Trucks in the total net amount of $600,820.55;
- agreed to the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to approve the write-off of customers' accounts receivable balances owing in the total amount of $319.04.
- agreed to the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to approve the purchase of computer hardware for $10,000 ahead of the 2019 capital budget approval;
- agreed to a recommendation of the Planning and Development executive committee to allow the site specific zoning bylaw designation changes at 316 Victoria Ave. and further to prepare the necessary bylaw to change the zoning designation from Institutional to Residential R2 at the next council meeting;
- approved training travel expense and per diem claims for Couns. Michael Behan ($513), Wendy Brunetta ($513), Andrew Hallikas ($433), Douglas Judson ($433), John McTaggart ($571.05), and Rick Wiedenhoeft ($829.72) for their attendance at the “As a Member of Council What You Need To Know" and "Land Use Planning: Beyond the Basics” training in Thunder Bay on March 6-7, 2019;
- heard a presentation by the Ontario Clean Water Agency, which runs the town's wastewater treatment plant;
- approved a recommendation re: 2018 contributions to capital from reserve funds;
- approved a recommendation to approve the allocation of 2018 land sales revenues as contributions to reserve funds in the total amount of $236,902; and
- referred a request for financial support from the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.