(Quebec) The Congregation of the Redemptorists filed a legal appeal against the Municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré to set aside the tax notice it considers illegal.
In the early 2015 and 2016, the congregation has received – and paid – accounts requiring compensation for municipal services for some of its buildings. In the lot, the basilica and convent buildings yet benefiting from the tax exemption for places of worship. The monastery, the seminary, the museum and the area Sainte-Anne are also listed on the assessment roll of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.
It a month ago, the congregation also received additional municipal tax bills for compensating adjustment.
Redemptorists protest, arguing that the tax assessments were issued in violation of several regulations of the municipality. They therefore ask the Superior Court to cancel. “The accounts are illegal because they are not based on law of the City or on any tax roll and do not meet standards,” lawyers allege Redemptorist.
Religious want to be repaid with interest to the sums paid as compensation for municipal services for the basilica and convent because they repeat, these places of worship are covered by the exemption. The congregation does not specify the amount in the request.
Blamed after a long civil trial, the Congregation of the Redemptorists agreed in August 2014 to pay the sum of $ 20 million to former students of the Séminaire Saint-Alphonse, victims of pedophile priests. In the last month, 111 victims have shared $ 14 million, leaving $ 6 million for legal fees and expenses of the adjudicator.
Sale of buildings
Victims of St. Alphonsus Seminary have always argued that the community had the means to pay damages. Recall that at the beginning of the class action in 2011, the Redemptorists had transferred $ 15.6 million of their assets in a pension fund.
Since the end of the legal battle, the religious community has taken several ways to try to fill its coffers.
The residence owned by the congregation in St. Augustine was sold in the fall of 2015. The former convent of Redemptoristines in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, was also sold to a developer last winter.