White Rock community-theatre group closer to getting tax break

White Rock Players' Club appealed for tax exemption in April, citing reduced attendance.

White Rock Players’ Club is a step closer to being granted a property-tax exemption, after the city’s finance and audit committee voted last week to include the organization in proposed changes to the city’s financial policy.

The community-theatre group first appealed to the city in April for an exemption, citing reduced attendance and required maintenance to the Coast Capital Playhouse as reasons for the request. At the time, club president Fred Partridge said the group pays just under $20,000 in property taxes each year.

At the Sept. 14 committee meeting, Mayor Wayne Baldwin said the club “provides a unique service to the community,” and acknowledged they were “going through some tough times financially.”

Council is expected to vote on the policy amendments on Sept. 28.

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