Drumheller Coun­cil sets mill rate

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Drumheller res­i­dents will see a small in­crease in their tax bill for 2018 af­ter a year with­out any in­crease.

Drumheller Town Coun­cil ap­proved the mill rate by­law on Mon­day, April 16. The mu­nic­i­pal req­ui­si­tion for its op­er­at­ing bud­get passed by coun­cil is $8,718766, a three per cent in­crease over 2017, when there was a zero per cent in­crease.

The 2018 ed­u­ca­tion prop­erty tax req­ui­si­tion for the Town of Drumheller is sit­ting at $2,738,682 which equates to an in­crease of 1.44 per cent over 2017. The 2018 Drumheller and District Se­niors Foun­da­tion (DDSF) req­ui­si­tion of $540,272.50 rep­re­sents an in­crease of 3.8 per cent com­pared to 2017.

An anal­y­sis of the as­sess­ment in­di­cates that on aver­age res­i­dent’s as­sess­ment val­ues de­creased by 0.87 per cent and com­mer­cial as­sess­ment val­ues de­creased by 1.5 per cent.

Based on these num­bers, on aver­age, a res­i­den­tial as­sess­ment of $200,000 in 2017 will see an in­crease of $76.73. Of this, $54.79 will go to the mu­nic­i­pal taxes, $17.05 will go to­wards the ed­u­ca­tion prop­erty tax req­ui­si­tion and $4.88 will go to­wards the DDSF req­ui­si­tion.

For some­one who owns a home as­sessed at $300,000 will see an in­crease of $115.09. Of this, $82.19 will go to the mu­nic­i­pal req­ui­si­tion, $25.58 to ed­u­ca­tion, and $7.32 to the Drumheller and District Se­niors Foun­da­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Jay Gar­butt

noted, “We are talk­ing about an in­crease of less than $10 per month in to­tal tax­a­tion to an aver­age prop­erty worth $300,000, and only 70 per cent of that is re­spon­si­ble to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.”

“I think that is a sig­nal to ev­ery­one of what we can ac­com­plish to­gether given the scope and depth of ser­vices that are pro­vided to us as cit­i­zens of the Town of Drumheller.”

A com­mer­cial as­sess­ment val­ued at $500,000 will see an in­crease of $268.16. $257.61 will go to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, $1.65 to­wards ed­u­ca­tion, and $12.21 to­wards the DDSF.

Res­i­dents will be re­ceiv­ing their no­tice of as­sess­ment and bills in the mail within the first week of May. All taxes are due at the end of Au­gust.

The adopted by­law can be found on the town’s web­site www.di­nosaur­val­ley.com.

In or­der to chal­lenge your taxes, you must chal­lenge the as­sessed value of your home. There is an ap­pli­ca­tion that can be filled out at the Town of­fice.

Coun­cil set the 2018 mill rate at its April 16 meet­ing. The owner of a $300,000 home will see an ap­prox­i­mately $115 raise in taxes.

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