Tax Bill Threatens Future of Oxford Lions Club
The Oxford sinkhole just keeps on causing trouble for the town, even though it hasn’t shown any activity since the Summer and Fall of 2018.
Six Rivers followers will remember the unexpected rapid expansion of a small sinkhole into a 21-foot-wide monster on the Oxford Lion’s Park property at Salt Lake, left residents without a local swimming hole and recreation area, and perhaps more significantly, shut down the town’s community centre, which was deemed too risky to use.
Since then, the area has been fenced off, with “No Trespassing” signs keeping curious onlookers out of the park located near Oxford’s connection to the Trans-Canada Highway.
Oxford Town Council discussed a letter from the local Lion’s Club, asking the town to waive outstanding property taxes owed on the facility. The valuation of the property was drastically cut by the sinkhole’s appearance, and it’s now up for sale. The Lions say no sale can happen with that outstanding tax liability.
The letter suggested the club could be forced to disband if it is unable to sell the property. The Lions hope to move forward on a plan for a new community centre once they sell the sinkhole property.
Council approved a write-off of $12,989 in outstanding taxes.
Meanwhile, local geologist Amy Tizzard will be delivering an online presentation on the latest developments at the sinkhole. The free event, with the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, is set for December 7th on the Zoom platform.
Register for "Evolution of the Oxford Sinkhole" at eventbrite.ca.
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