Westbank First Nation is publicly supporting an effort to repay homeowners a carbon tax rebate they have been denied since 2011.
Recently, the Westbank First Nation Advisory Council sent out a form letter to each homeowner on WFN lands calling on the provincial government to immediately repay the homeowners a carbon tax rebate for 2011, 2012 and any future years that a carbon tax rebate is provided.
To date, the advisory council has received over 2,500 signatures on its petition, which was tabled at the March 4 legislature proceedings.
“It is unfair to WFN taxpayers to be excluded from this rebate as we pay the carbon tax the same as other residents of B.C.,” said Terry Turcan, WFN Advisory Council chair.
Property owners represented by the advisory council residing on WFN lands are within the region designated for the carbon tax rebate; however, they were not provided rebates in 2011 and 2012 and will also not receive a rebate in 2013 or any subsequent years should the program criteria not be changed.
“Westbank First Nation strongly supports the efforts of the advisory council and the residents on WFN lands in their efforts to receive this rebate,” said WFN Chief Robert Louie.
The WFN Advisory Council consists of five members elected by residents on WFN lands and has been in place since April 1, 2005. It represents taxpayers residing on WFN lands.