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Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Whitecourt Town Council Update April 27, 2017

The 2017 Budget Report is now available online. The report provides details on the budget, how property taxes are calculated, and how tax dollars have been allocated for 2017.  Property owners can expect to receive combined assessment and taxation notices in mid-May.  If you have questions about your tax notice, or the 2017 Budget, please contact the Town Office.

Whitecourt Town Council approved the 2016 Financial Statement for the year end of December 31, 2016.  A presentation was made by the Town’s auditor, Curtis Friesen from Hawkings Epp Dumont LLP, who reported that the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Town of Whitecourt as of December 31, 2016.

Whitecourt will be conducting FireSmart activities in the hilltop area near Chickadee Drive, Feero Drive and Baxter Crescent this summer.  The work is funded by the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) and the project will treat more than 53 hectares of land.  The project, which has been awarded to Wide Open Slashing, has come in under budget, and Council has authorized additional work up to the approved grant amount at the per hectare rate.  Whitecourt is also working to update the FireSmart Mitigation Strategy.  The draft document was presented for Council’s information, and will be finalized later this year.

The Town of Whitecourt is preparing for the upcoming October 2017 Municipal Election.  Similar to previous elections, Whitecourt will be offering special ballots, an advance vote and institutional voting.  Information on the 2017 Municipal Election can be found online at www.whitecourt.ca.  Amendments have also been made to Bylaw 1487 – Automated Vote Counting System.

Council has renewed the contract for skate sharpening services at the Scott Safety Centre with Raw Edge Pro Shop for two years, and has also entered into a two year agreement for the Scott Safety Centre Restaurant/Concession with QK3 Holdings and Catering by Mama Gray’s Kitchen.

Based on feedback received from local developers, Whitecourt has amended Policy 61-003 Development Agreement.  The changes to the security requirements will not only protect the Town, but will also allow developers flexibility with cash flow.  Feedback on the policy was received at an open house held in March 2017.

Whitecourt will be participating in the 35th Annual Whitecourt Trade Fair hosted by the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce.  Whitecourt will be encouraging residents to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit, and will also be promoting FireSmart activities.  Be sure to stop by our booth in the Scott Safety Centre on May 12, 13 and 14.

Councillor Bill McAree has been appointed Deputy Mayor from May 1 to August 31, 2017.

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