Only Bell Island service station shuts over tax dispute

Barb Sweet
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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.

Geographic location: Bell Island

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Recent comments

  • California Pete from NFLD
    April 18, 2013 - 11:43

    Time to move

  • Danny
    April 18, 2013 - 02:33

    People live here because the drugs are in St. John's for most part so we feel safer away from the crime.

  • Sean
    April 17, 2013 - 13:23

    Two things I will never understand: 1) why do people still live on Bell Island, and 2) why do they keep electing mouthpiece Gosine as their mayor? Neither issue is logical.