Portuguese club makes plea

Portuguese club makes plea

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Town staff will meet with the Okanagan Portuguese Club to discuss hardship issues that may force the group to close its doors.
In a letter to council, president Jose Andre said the club is struggling through a financially difficult period right now.
“If the expenses of the club proceed to continue in this manner, the club will be forced to look at closing its doors in the near future.”
Andre asked council to consider tax breaks or a grant to help out the organization, which is necessary in keeping the Portuguese culture vibrant and alive in Oliver.
Over the years the club has requested and been denied a tax exemption as the building is used by the membership for social gathering purposes only, not for charitable events. The club was given a two-year lease in 2004 at $1,500 per year. The lease has been on a month-to-month basis since its expiry.

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