Does $200 bucks buy you a tax break?

Vancouver developer Elie Kassab petitioned the Vancouver City Council for a tax break on Monday, for his proposed apartments to be built on the site of downtown’s Burgerville.

In it, there was very little in the way of the council questioning such a tactic, which has also been used in millions of dollars in development downtown.

But, we’d also like to give you a breakdown of his most recent campaign contributions in city council races:

  • Mayor Tim Leavitt: $750 in 2009
  • Jeanne Harris: $500 in 2009
  • Jeanne Stewart: Unknown (The PDC website was
    not coughing up Stewart’s 2009
    election records)
  • Larry Smith: $200 in 2007
  • Pat Campbell: Doesn’t take
  • Jack Burkman: $350 in 2009
  • Bart Hansen: $300 in 2010 and $200 on
    May 4, 2011

It’s only a few hundred dollars in most cases; Kassab is far from hitting the maximum individual donation of $800 (up to $1,600 for a primary and general election) in most cases.

Just putting it out there.

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