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Government of Canada Appoints New Chairperson to the Dispute Panel for Payments in Lieu of Taxes

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OTTAWA, Ontario, November 29, 2010 –The Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced the appointment of Mr. Doug Rundell as Chairperson of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel.

Mr. Rundell has had a distinguished professional career in the field of real property assessment and taxation that included 33 years of service to the Province of British Columbia in various management positions, most notably as Chief Executive Officer and Assessment Commissioner of British Columbia Assessment Agency. Mr. Rundell, now retired from the Province, holds a designation of Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and is a Fellow of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

The Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel offers advice to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services or heads of Crown corporations on the resolution of disputes involving payments in lieu of taxes on federal properties. The Panel's authority is limited to providing advice on issues respecting property value, property dimension or the effective rate applicable to federal property. The Panel is also authorized to provide advice to the Minister or the head of a Crown corporation with respect to a claim by a taxing authority that a supplementary payment (in lieu of interest) should be made. The Panel is an impartial advisory body where municipalities and other Canadian taxing authorities can present their concerns regarding payments in lieu of taxes they have received on federal property within their jurisdiction.

"The Government of Canada is committed to a fair, transparent and accountable government," said Minister Ambrose. "Mr. Rundell's appointment to this panel will allow this government to support its commitment towards accountability and providing taxpayers value for money."

Appointed for a three-year term, the Chair has been selected based on his high professional standing, experience, knowledge and understanding of the fields of real property valuation, Canadian property tax systems and provincial models of assessment and taxation.

For more information on the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program, please visit PWGSC's Web site http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/biens-property/peri-pilt.

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Backgrounder

Payments in Lieu of Taxes

Through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, every year the Government of Canada distributes more than $470 million to some 1,300 real property taxing authorities, such as municipalities, provinces, school boards, local services boards and First Nations. These payments contribute toward the cost of local government in communities where the Federal Crown owns property. These payments, although discretionary, recognize the valuable direct and indirect services the Government of Canada receives from local governments.

There are more than 22,500 federal facilities across Canada, including military bases, correctional institutions, office buildings, national parks and harbours. Each of these facilities requires municipal services such as sewers, water, police protection, fire protection, waste disposal and roads for which the Government of Canada contributions help to pay.

PWGSC's Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program Directorate determines a fair and equitable amount for these payments, taking into account the same issues and employing the same assessment principles as are used to value privately-held properties in the various assessment and taxation jurisdictions in Canada.

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