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Briefs from town council

Posted on May 30, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Jamie Rieger
Council passed all three readings of their mill rate bylaw, noting in that the Town must give 60 days notice prior to tax payment due date. While there was no discussion among council, a copy of the bylaw was provided.
The tax rates are as follows:
GENERAL
Residential: 10.1797
Farmland: 10.1881
Non-residential: 13.3833
Machinery and equipment: 12.3680
ASFF (ALBERTA SCHOOL FOUNDATION FUND)
Residential/Farm land: 2.4474
Non-residential: 3.5103
OPTED-OUT SCHOOL BOARDS
Residential/Farm land: 2.4474
Non-residential: 3.5103

North Forty Mile Regional waste management commission: .1487
Seniors foundation: .2259

Water maintenance tax
Council also passed all three readings of their water maintenance tax, a procedure done each year as it is considered a special tax. This special tax will be $1.25 per front foot. The monies collected through this tax are used for maintaining the Town’s water distribution system.

Harassment policy
Council approved its Harassment policy after receiving legal advice on the document. Bow island councilors have been working on putting in place a harassment policy for the Town for the past several months.

AUMA’s AMSC (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Alberta Municipal Services Corporation) energy program
The Town of Bow Island, which is currently enrolled in a program that allows them to budget power and gas for five-year terms on fixed rates, has been asked by the AUMA/AMSC to extend to contract for both natural gas and electricity for an additional one year.
The proposal will extend the electricity contract for the period from January through to December 31, 2020.
Natural gas would have its contracted extended for the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.
The program was started 15 years ago as a way for municipalities to receive better rates as a large group.
The motion was carried by council.

MSI funding
Council voted to approve the signing of the extension to the MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) although they have not been told whether the amount they will be receiving will remain the same.
The funding, which expires on March 31, 2018, has been proposed by the provincial government to run an additional two years, to expire on March 31, 2010.

COW meeting
Notes from Bow Island Committee of Whole meeting from May 15 were approved at the May 23 council meeting.
Recycling manager Shayne Morgan provided is monthly report which council reviewed and discussed at the COW meeting.
The budget for the Susan Andersen Municipal Library was discussed by council.
Council also discussed the estimate for the road project at 2nd Avenue East and 7th Avenue East.

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