Castlegar and Celgar Reach an Agreement

The City of Castlegar is in a tight position, perhaps that’s why they penned a pretty slick media release a week ago week encouraging residents to participate in a survey and inviting them to the two public input sessions being held on the budget and financial plan. The public has been eerily quite on the issue of …

Major Industry Taxes and Rural BC Communities

Over at the Castlegar Current, there is some venting over the unpaid property taxes owed the City by Mercer for the Celgar Pulp Mill site. Briefly, Celgar decided not to pay it’s property taxes and requisitions for other levels of government to the City of Castlegar by the deadline in August 2009. Now the battle is going to …

The Price of Heavy Industry

The City of Castlegar, after many years of benefiting from the Industrial Tax revenue from the Celgar Pulp Mill just upstream of the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, is facing a serious financial challenge. Celgar recently annouced that it was not going to pay taxes after the City responded to their request for …