Lloydminster city council agreed to a 97 cent increase per day to trailer parks/mobile home licensing fees over the next two years, at Monday afternoon’s council meeting.
Council made the change after Coun. Jason Whiting said that the fees for trailer homes/mobile homes had not been increased in almost 20 years.
Whiting said that the increase to trailer/mobile homes has been long overdue.
“The last increase was in 1998, and that was at a $1.03, local adminis- tration has looked into it, and they noticed that there hasn’t been a fee increase since 1998, so they are now initiating a rate increase of 47 cents.
That will bring the cost per day to $1.50, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Whiting said that another increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
“(After that increase) there will be another increase put in place, of 50 cents more, which would come into effect the same time the following year,” he said.
Whiting said that there will only be three trailer parks that will see the increase, and they are Heritage Estates, Sunnyside Trailer Park and Eastwood Trailer Court.
“The trailer parks are in a unique position, the land is owned by the trailer park, so the people that are renting and leasing are renting from the property owners themselves,” he said. “It’s not like they own the land.
“It’s a little bit different than taxation (for the trailer parks), we charge a licence fee.”
Owners of the trailer/mobile home pay tax on the land that the mobile unit is on.
“This (increase) is comparable to other tax rates in the city, a property valued at over $100,000 will pay over $700 per year,” Whiting said, adding that this increase will come into line with that.
A family that owns a trailer home/ mobile home in one of the three trailer parks, and rents all year round, is currently paying $366.68 per year under the $1.03 licensing fee. In December 2015, they will begin to pay $534. In 2016, owners will have to pay $712 per year, an increase of over 50 per cent in two years.
Nicole Reiniger, the director of finance with the City of Lloydmin- ster, said that the increase is based on a $75,000 assessment.
“What the city feels is that all the people who occupy the trailer parks
have full access to the programs that the city has to offer,” she said.
“We wanted the people who are occupying those trailer parks, paying more of an equitable fare to access those services.”
Reiniger said that what the city is asking the trailer home owners to do is, “Pay in fees which is equivalent to less than $75,000 assessments on their trailer.”
Reiniger made sure to mention that the city was not saying that the trailer or mobile home was not worth $75,000.
“We did some research ... and we just wanted to be somewhat reasonable, and be comparable for the fee that we are charging,” she said.
The city will ask the trailer parks to administrate the fees on behalf of the city of Lloydminster.