When McLaughlin on Your Side interviewed Lori Sowerby last August, she was fuming over the taxes her late mother had paid on her Walnut Grove home for nearly 20 years.
The home’s property assessment had included a finished basement, which didn’t actually exist. That simple error meant Sowerby’s mom, Joyce, had overpaid thousands of dollars taxes to the Township of Langley and Lori wanted that money back.
When the CTV story aired, an employee in the Township of Langley saw the report, which sparked an internal review.
“They're tough situations when somebody finds out, as in this case for 19 years, they've been paying for taxes on a property that had a finished basement when it didn't have a finished basement," said Karen Sinclair, director of finance at the Township of Langley. “"In this particular case, one of the employees saw it on the news, the report on the news, and heard Walnut Grove and thought, 'That's one of our properties.'"