Here is my email to the Okanagan Region of BC Assessment regarding MLA Eric Foster’s constituency office in Vernon:
In addition to my complaint below, and pursuant to Section 39 of the Assessment Act, I am requesting the Property Assessment Review Panel do the following:
1) Compel Eric Foster to attend the hearing as a witness. Mr. Foster leases the building at 3209 31 Avenue in Vernon and he approved and directed its renovation. His presence at the hearing is required so he can answer questions about renovations, lease payments and other matters directly related to the market value of the property.
2) Order Mr. Eric Foster to disclose all documents in his possession or control that are related to renovations, changes or improvements at 3209 31 Avenue in Vernon. I require copies of these documents prior to the hearing so I can present evidence regarding the actual market value of this property.
Please note that the failure of the Property Assessment Review Panel to issue these orders will, in all likelihood, create grounds for an appeal.
I’ve filed an online complaint with BC Assessment regarding their assessed value of the building leased by the MLA for Vernon-Monashee. Here is my complaint:
“Recent media reports suggest that in 2009, the individual leasing 3209 31st Avenue in Vernon – Mr. Eric Foster – spent as much as $78,000 on building renovations. This property is currently assessed at $187,100. Given the renos, I believe its actual market value to be higher.”
(If you are not familiar with this building, here is a good summary of the issues from the Vernon Morning Star.)
The complaint will be heard by the Property Assessment Review Panel (PARP). A date has not been set yet, but the Panel is required to hold the hearing by March 15th. The hearing will be open to the public.
I will be asking the Panel to compel Mr. Foster to appear as a witness at the hearing and also to produce financial documents regarding the 2009 renovations. This way he can demonstrate the value added to the property through the expenditure of public funds. The authority for the Panel to compel witnesses and order disclosure is found in Section 39 of the Assessment Act.
I am looking for someone in the Vernon area to represent me as an agent in this matter. This would be on a pro bono basis. I am seeking a person with a background in law and real estate who is passionate about accountability and fiscal responsibility. If you would like to be my agent, please contact me.
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