The Flanders and the Beaumont Hamel meet while crossing The Tickle between Bell Island and Portugal Cove. — File photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
The gas station on Bell Island will reopen if council reverses a decision on a water tax, says Linda King, who operates a takeout in her husband Norman’s service station.
The station is the only one on Bell Island and has closed out of protest to the $820 water tax levied on the takeout, King said.
She said she fought the decision in 2010 and was able to keep the tax at $420.
King said there’s only one bathroom in the building, on the takeout side.
“This is the problem. They could have told us $1,000,” King said of what she called an unfair restaurant tax that’s double what she should be paying.
“It’s the principle of it I guess.”
The service station has operated since the 1980s.
King said 95 per cent of her operation is takeout, and besides the financial sting, there is a boil order that makes the water yellow and unusable.