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Letter: Hockey arena or regional recreation facility – SO many questions – so little time!

I would like to thank our Council for the Open House held on April 28th. It was good to see more people attending this and sharing their views. Also, I would like to thank the group who prepared the Feasibility Study as this document actually included nasty topics such as – ‘capital costs’; ‘operating costs’; ‘revenue generation’ ‘cost overruns or deficits’ and not just the community wants and desires…. […]

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Letter: Tax bubbles?

Editor:

How does Morinville’s residential municipal tax rate compare? How competitive are we in the region? (All the data that follows comes from Alberta Municipal Affairs)… […]

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Editorial: This editorial did not cost $55,000

If you missed Premier Alison Redford’s conversation with Albertans Thursday night, it is probably because you were getting ready to watch the Oilers game. Judging by commentary among acquaintances on Facebook Thursday night, Yakupov’s game-saving goal that drove the Oilers into overtime was of far greater importance than the current state of the province or what that might mean to funding programs or raising taxes down the road. Not sure why that whole turning our backs on the hockey… […]

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Editorial: Open house or open your wallet

It’s budget time in Morinville and rather than decide how our money is going to be spent, our elected officials are leaving those decisions up to us. They’re going to hold a couple open houses this week, bus in seniors and hire babysitters so mom and dad can come to see our politicians and tax dollars in action. The MCHS Band is being brought in to lead us… […]

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Town Talk – Property Taxes

You will be receiving your property assessment and tax notice for 2012. If you have any questions regarding the assessment of your property please do not hesitate to call us at 780-939-4361… […]

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Sturgeon County approves first reading of mil rate bylaw

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – Council narrowly passed first reading of its 2012 tax bylaw which would see a split mil rate wherein residential properties would be taxed at a rate of 6.85 per cent increase and non-residential properties at a 5.35 per cent increase. The split rate would lower the municipal tax increase from the 6.85 per cent identified in the 2012 budget to 5.93 per cent. First reading of the bylaw passed with a 4-3 vote of… […]

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Editorial: Be heard or be taxed

It’s budget time in Morinville and rather than decide how our money is going to be spent, our elected officials are leaving those decision up to us. They’re going to hold a couple open houses this week, bus in seniors and hire babysitters so mom and dad can come to see our politicians and tax dollars in action… […]

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Council gives 2012 budget first reading

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Councillors voted unanimously in favour of first reading of the 2012 Operational Budget and Capital Plan Tuesday night, dispensing with any discussion of the financial picture for next year other than a preamble by Mayor Lloyd Bertschi on how the Town was taking a different process this year… […]

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County residents could see 7.42 per cent increase in taxes

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – The average Sturgeon County homeowner is looking at an increase of roughly $98 in property taxes in 2012. That’s the verdict after day one of Sturgeon County budget talks. Some member of County Council met with administration Wednesday morning for the first of a series of budget discussions, looking at the overall picture and some more detailed examinations department by department… […]

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County residents could face higher taxes, fewer services

By Stephen Dafoe

Gibbons – A question on taxes during an open house Wednesday night lead to a frank and blunt discussion on what Sturgeon County residents could be facing in the new year – higher taxes and possibly less services.

Sturgeon County Council travelled to the Gibbons Community Hall for the second consecutive night of… […]

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Reader displeased with denial of tax exemption request

Dear Editor:

I read with interest that the tax exemption was denied for the three non-profit childcare sites in Morinville. As executive director of McCauley Community After School Care Association I would have expected to hear this from the town not from the local newspaper. I would also have appreciated a request from council to attend the meeting to give our view point on this issue. We were given this exemption last year and t is my understanding that town administration recommended an exemption for this year. I believe that we are the only non-profit child care… […]

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Council gives 2011 budget green light

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Town of Morinville’s 2011 operational and capital budget took some interesting twists and turns on the road to third reading Tuesday night but ultimately passed third reading with the unanimous vote of the six council members present.

After first reading was defeated Dec. 7, an amended version of the budget passed first and second reading Dec. 14 with the provision… […]

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Budget open houses this week

By Stephen Dafoe

As the Town of Morinville works towards finalizing its 2011 budget, a series of public open houses and meetings will take place this week giving ratepayers an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns on the proposed budget.

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