The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has a different opinion.
"I don't own Harvest House or the Guildwood, the CBRM took them for taxes," said the Glace Bay businessman.
Almon said he's simply not going to pay any attention to the bills.
"I'm not going to do anything about them, good luck to them."
Almon said after the Guildwood building (also known as Billy D's) at 622-628 Main St., Glace Bay, burned down on Feb. 12, he received a bill for $107,000 for the cleanup of the property that included more than $43,300 for tipping fees, $7,902 for security and $519 for boarding up the building.
He said the municipality demolished the Harvest House building at 610 Main St., Glace Bay, on April 2 and he has been told he is responsible for the $30,000 cost of this demolition as well.
Paul Burt, manager of building, planning and licensing laws for the CBRM, confirmed the Harvest House and Guildwood properties were both put up for tax sale in August/September 2015 and there were no bidders on either property.
According to Burt, Roy Almon Enterprises Ltd. is the registered owner of both properties.
Almon said when the properties didn't sell at the tax sale, the municipality tried to give them back to him but he refused to take them.
“When they take a property for taxes you don't own it any longer, they take ownership of it and sell it."
He said since that time the municipality has been telling him he still owns both properties and is responsible for the bills.
"My lawyer is saying, 'Tell them to talk to your lawyer.'"
Almon disputes the municipality's claims that the roof was caving in and there was damage to the Harvest House building.
Almon believes "something is up" because the old post office is being torn down and the only thing left on that stretch in downtown Glace Bay will be the CIBC bank.
"There's a plan in place, something is going there, a mall or road or something."
Almon said when the Guildwood building burned down, he never received a call from anyone to tell him about the fire or how it started. He said he found out about the fire after his wife Karen went to town the following day.
According to Burt, Almon signed a waiver for the demolition of Harvest House but still remains the owner.
"He didn't sign the property over, there's no contract, no deed, and he basically just signed the property over to allow us to demolish it,” said Burt.
"That doesn't mean he's not the registered owner. He's still the registered owner of both properties until someone else becomes the registered owner."
The Harvest House building was demolished after municipal officials deemed its extremely bad condition as 'immediate and unsafe.'
There are outstanding taxes on both properties in question, but officials at the municipal tax department were unable to say how much, due to confidentiality rules.
Jennifer Campbell, manager of finance for the municipality, explained that if a property is unsuccessful in a tax sale the first time around, it will be put up for sale two subsequent times. There is generally a tax sale every quarter.
The starting bid at a tax sale would include all liens on the property, including demolition costs.
“All charges on the tax account, that is the starting bid,” she said. “We do not sell a property unless we recover all of those charges to the account. That would include whatever taxes are outstanding at that time. If during the course of the time period another tax bill was issued, that would also be included."
She said if the property doesn’t sell after three attempts, the next step would be to sell it through a property tender auction.
“We basically accept sealed bids for the property and the bids are evaluated for best price. We either accept the best price offered or reject it and put it out again.”
• Former Billy D's/Guildwood building at 622-628 Main St., Glace Bay, burned down Feb. 12
• Former Harvest House building, 610 Main St., Glace Bay, was demolished by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on April 2.
• The CBRM says both properties are owned by Roy Almon Enterprises.
• Roy Almon says he doesn't own either property as both were taken by the CBRM for tax sale.