Council forgives penalties owed on vacant Hillview units, approves payment plan for remaining taxes

A debate lasting more than four hours at their Tuesday meeting ended with council rejecting a tax forgiveness request for empty units at the Hillview Condominium complex in Abasand. But a motion proposed by Councillor Stu Wigle will keep current owners from paying assessments that would have caused more financial hardship.

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Council reviewing request for nearly $306,000 in tax relief for Hillview condos

The mayor and council will debate tax relief for the troubled Hillview Condominiums in Abasand at their upcoming council meeting on Tuesday. The 42-building, 214-unit complex was destroyed in the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and has undergone a costly rebuild that has left many of the original unit owners bankrupt or financially ruined.

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Local unemployment rose in August; most losses reported in education, retail and oilsands

Unemployment in the census region covering Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo rose in August, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday, ending an eight-month streak of plunging unemployment rates. Most job losses and vacancies were found in education, although those could bounce back in September as school returns. Retail and the oilsands followed for losses.

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