LLRIB Council to Decide Tax Rebate Issue

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 13:46



The chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band says the band doesn’t plan on hosting public meetings about the tax rebate issue.


The band recently received a 4.2-million-dollar settlement from the province for gas and tobacco taxes that were once collected on-reserve.


Chief Harry Cook knows there are lots of opinions out there about how the money should be used, but says it’s up to band members to communicate their wishes to their local band councillors — who Cook says will have the final say.


Cook says the band is distributing an “options” paper to its member communities today with 4 options listed on it.


He won’t say what they are, but he is asking band members to look the paper over and communicate their prefered option to their band councillor.


Cook also says he’s open to receiving written submissions about this issue, including statements on options that may not have been considered.


The band will address the issue during a chief and council meeting on May 27th.


A group that wants band members to decide the issue will be holding a public meeting this Thursday in La Ronge, but Cook says he has no plans to attend.