Town of Castor to sell items related to tax recovery sale

Written by Stu Salkeld
Items related to a tax recovery sale will be sold by the Town of Castor according to rules set out by the provincial government. The issue was discussed by town council at their regular meeting July 27.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Robblee presented council with a memo describing a decision needed regarding items of personal property linked to a tax recovery sale; that is, the sale of a property located at 4906 50th Ave. to recover unpaid taxes.
The exact address is Lot 16-17, Block 2, Plan 8387T, across the street from the town office.
“Pursuant to section 610 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), a council must specify the means by which items left behind in a tax recovery are sold,” stated Robblee’s memo to council.
“If by auction then the requirements, set out in the Consumer Protections Act apply, whereas council may set other methods.
“In all cases either a detailed inventory need be kept (auction) or a simple inventory (other means). 
Further, administration received simple legal advice on the above, noting that administration’s understanding of this process is correct.”
Robblee stated a simple option councillors had to dispense of the items was to list them on a classifieds website or on the town website.
However, the CAO stated his preferred method was to hire an auctioneer and sell the items.
“Council could choose that, only require items that are over $5 dollars be sold,” stated the memo.
“That council set minimum prices of $5, $15 and over $20, and for administration to setup a table by table selling method.
“Administration will place items in categories, by table, by price. Further that council set a one- or two-day sale during regular working hours of the Town of Castor.”
Robblee stated a chance was given to the property owners to claim their items. 
“They did not collect them,” said Robblee at the meeting.
Coun. Brenda Wismer asked, “How much stuff is in there?” Robblee responded, “A lot.”
During debate, councillors discussed the estimated cost for an auctioneer to handle the sale, and it was stated that a professional auctioneer wasn’t necessarily going to be a cheap thing to accommodate.
Robblee also stated staff time was also going to be needed to ensure the sale proceeds.
Councillors eventually voted in favour of option #2, only selling items valued at over $5, and itms under $5 in value along with any unsold items be considered garbage and treated accordingly.
Stu Salkeld
Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.