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Municipal District of Taber January briefs

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Taber Times

The following are a selected set of briefs from the Municipal District of Taber’s regular council meeting held on Jan. 8.

2018 Southern Alberta Summer Games Recap

From the Town of Taber Summer Games budget recap, it shows they had budgeted for total revenues at $94,550 were they actually came in at $49,133.75.

Total expenditures were budgeted for $93,550 and came in at $81,531.70 with the net operating deficit at $32,397.95. M.D. of Taber and Town of Taber contributions were at $16,198.975 each.

Canadian Badlands Invoice

The M.D. received an invoice from Canadian Badlands to the tune of $3,945.15 which equals out from a 0.55 cents per capita from a population of 7.173. 

Council had issues paying the invoice due to the fact they didn’t see any of their events on the website.

With the confusion, council elected to bring in Canadian Badlands to a meeting to get some more information before making a decision.

M.D. 2019 Annual General Meeting

Council settled on April 30 for their Annual General Meeting in 2019 while also moving their second council meeting of the month to the same date.

The AGM will be held at the M.D. operations and maintenance facility located on Highway 3 between Taber and Barnwell with tours to occur potentially before and after the meeting portion.

Topics at this year’s AGM will range from the off-highway vehicle bylaw, moving the tax collection date, CPO program, and level of service/farmer taxation on road usage.

Council also expressed their interest to have residents be able to offer opinions on what they want to be covered during the AGM.

PERC Application

With the decline of the oil and gas industry over the past few years, the M.D. was looking to once again apply for the Provincial Education Requisition Credit (PERC) Program for 2018 uncollectible education property taxes.

For 2017, their application was approved in the amount of $46,6443.49 with $963.78 of the 2017 education requisition credit amount approved which will be deducted from the 2018 application. 

The amount of 2018 non-residential uncollected education property taxes is $262,004.93 and an additional $10,250.33 from 2017 for a total of $272,255.26. 

A motion was made stating whereas the property taxes for certain oil and gas properties have remained unpaid for the 2017 and 2018 tax years. Pursuant to section Section 347 (1) of the Municipal Government Act, the council of Municipal District of Taber may cancel or reduce tax arrears.

And whereas council makes a motion to cancel the taxes for properties identified on the attached appendix. 

Further, a motion to cancel or reduce tax arrears does not have any effect on the requirement to remit education property taxes to the Province of Alberta.

Therefore be it resolved that council cancel and write off the 2017 and 2018 education requisition portion of the property taxes, for properties identified on the attached appendix and, direct administration to apply to the Province of Alberta for the Provincial Education Requisition Credit for uncollected education property taxes on oil and gas properties identified in the attached appendix.

The motion was passed unanimously by council.

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