Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Taxes; what are our neighbors doing?

Town of Pincher Creek approved their budget for 2015 and 2016.

Their tax rates are going up 1.2% in 2015 and 2% in 2016 plus their franchise fees are increasing by 5% both gas and power.

On the Franchise Fee their gas goes from 20 to 25% and their power goes from 8 to 13%. This will bring them in an additional $76,000 a year.

There is no consideration being given to increasing our franchise fees for 2015.

Presently our gas rate is at 25% and our power is at 16%.


Anonymous said...

My preference would be that taxes don't go up at all. I understand that this would be wishful thinking and unrealistic. Government is the only entity that is never forced to seek out waste, eliminate it and become more efficient. Credit to Pincher Creek who took the opportunity to raise their taxes by a reasonable amount.

Anonymous said...

Reality is taxes should go up with inflation. Reality should be that any new construction or major improvements to a property should have the extra tax dollars coming in from these should be set aside for major future expenses. Reality says that with gas prices dropping that there should be some tax savings this year and into the near term of next year at least. Reality should be that council sets a budget and administration follows it. Reality also says that council and administration believe in Santa.

Anonymous said...

I want to know what is going on with the Hillcrest Fire Hall. Is this for real? Re opening it would affect taxes would it not?

Anonymous said...

7:08 reality is have you been to the office lately there are people tripping over people. Timmy's coffee talk this morning says that they are so flush with people they are thinking of moving the public works department to the MDM. Live within our means look what is happening in Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:40 maybe you misread my comment. I think we can get by just fine without any more employees.
I was joking around as this present set of councillors yelled and screamed about all of the increases to manpower, taxes and fees from the previous council and yet they are not talking about cutting some of these things. No, on the contrary they are talking about adding to them. And what exactly does the average citizen of the CNP get in return, nothing!!
Administration should be ashamed of themselves for asking for a planner and a planner helper for about 180K/year. What could they possibly plan?
This council should also be ashamed that they are not more transparent. They all belly ached about this also but spend just as much time "in camera" as the previous council. I actually think I was better informed with the previous council as Dean would report here what was going on. I am still waiting to find out what property we gave up to settle with Chinook.

TransparencyCNP said...

11:45 :
According to the CNP "Disposal of Municipal Property" policy the land should be advertised first and there should be an appraisal.

Crowsnest Pass Home said...

This is what the MGA states which is also in line with 2.3.1 of the "Disposal of Municipal Property":

Division 8
Limits on Municipal Powers
Disposal of land
70(1) If a municipality proposes to transfer or grant an estate or
interest in
(a) land for less than its market value, or
(b) a public park or recreation or exhibition grounds,
the proposal must be advertised.

Anonymous said...

So which land did we give to Chinook to settle the lawsuit and how much was the land worth?