North Battleford going after $4 million in tax arrears, including one 14-year-old bill

The City of North Battleford has gone with a local law firm to try and collect a large amount of property tax arrears.

Council voted Monday to award a five-year tax enforcement request for proposals to Battle River Law.

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Battle River Law will now take over tax enforcement for the city. Two bids were received by the city during the RFP bidding process and each was evaluated based on experience, enforcement and approach, account management, and financial considerations.

The intention is to recover a large amount of tax arrears in the city, with administration estimating as of May 19 there is $4,165,226 in outstanding property tax receivables. The vast majority is residential arrears.

Director of Finance Steve Brown told council Monday they estimate between 150-200 properties in the city are in arrears, with one of those being in arrears for 14 years. With the tax enforcement, Brown said he was “pretty confident we would catch up within five years.”

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