Council approves 3% mill rate hike
Drumheller town council approved the 2016 mill rate on Monday and residents will see a rise in their property taxes this year.
The new residential mill rate, set at 0.0070016 based on an assessment of $ 960,302,040, is a hike in revenue of 3 per cent.
“It’s the troubled economic times and you want to keep it as close to the line as possible,” said Mayor Terry Yemen after the council meeting Monday. “The only other option was a reduction in services but we didn’t want to go there.”
The rate had been set at 2 per cent for a long time, and council had worked to tow that line, but “it just wasn’t going to work,” said Mayor Yemen.
Councillor Jay Garbutt noted that a large portion of the town budget was weighted down with salaries and wages that were increasing on an annual basis.
At the meeting Councillor Patrick Kolafa also pointed out that the province’s decision to not reinstate grants in lieu of taxes for social housing units in their 2016 provincial budget accounts for a portion of the shortfall.
A one per cent increase in taxes is around $83,000 to $85,000 and the grant in lieu of taxes cut by the province was around $63,000.
The 2016 Operating Budget which was previously approved by council on February 22 detailed a3 per cent increase in municipal property tax requisition.
On average, the municipal
It’s the troubled economic times and you want to keep it as close to the line as possible."
Mayor Terry Yemen
portion of the tax bill will reflect a 3 per cent increase.
For example, a residential property assessed at $200,000 will see a tax bill increase of $66, from $2,060 in 2015 to $2,126 in 2016.
The 2016 Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) requisition decreased by 0.69 per cent, so most residential taxpayers will see a decrease in the ASFF levy amount on their tax notice. The non residential and machinery and equipment mill rate was set at 0.0119920.
The requisition for the Drumheller and District Senior Foundation is $499,890, the mill rate was set at 0.00520525.
The Education requisition for the Alberta School Foundation is $2,265,913.88 and the requisition for the Christ the Redeemer School Division is $436,307.76. The mill rate for the Education requisition was set at 0.00250924.
Both the Senior Foundation and education amount are not set by the town however the town is tasked with collecting these amounts.
While you can’t appeal your taxes, you may appeal your property assessment. This must be done within 60 days of the mailing date of the tax notice. More information can be found on the town’s website, www.dinosaurvalley.com.
Council approved an increase in the residential mill rate at 3 per cent on Monday night. The move comes after the town saw a decrease in funding from the provincial government in their 2016 budget.