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Council discusses MAT Tax projects

By Tim Davidson Jan 19, 2024 | 12:32 PM

Kenora city council is deciding what projects they would like to support through the Municipal Accommodation Tax.

They went through an excise this week to select their priority projects.

Vic Moss from Mosswood Adventures says she would like the city to support the rink and skating trail on Rabbit Lake.

“I’m happy to do my part to contribute but I’m asking for this to be a collective approach and for funding through MAT, specifically for the parking lot, ice rink and skating trail maintenance,” Moss told council this week during a special meeting to discuss the MAT Tax.

“As you know, much of what the KHA (Kenora Hospitality Alliance) provided in previous years.”

Moss told council there are some costs attached to the request.

“We’re looking around the $15,000 range for maintenance and that includes flooding the ice, creating the rink, the infrastructure, maintaining the ice surface and then also creating the trail as well.”

Council is looking at supporting the request for a skating rink with 20 thousand dollars for the remainder of this year and next year as well.

Other ideas that gained some traction were a shade structure at Garrow Park, supporting Shake the Lake, new funding for Mount Evergreen, new and replacing docking, and funding for a Glad You are Here campaign on the May long weekend.

The city expects to have about $600,000 at it’s disposal for MAT tax revenue in 2024.

It will be higher this year because the Clarion Lakeside Inn is back on line after a fire in 2020, and the city expects to see a return of visitors  to pre-COVID numbers.