11 April 2018

Council Highlights April 10, 2018

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Council Highlights April 10, 2018


Watershed Council / Rec-Plex Steering Committee / Prohibited Animals Bylaw / 2018 Budget and Tax Rate Adopted / Audited Financial Statement for 2017


Watershed Council – Council endorsed Councillor Lavone Olson to put her name forward to sit on the Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC) board as a Municipal Government representative. The Athabasca Watershed Council is a planning and advisory council that works with various stakeholders to share information and help inform the planning and policy decisions that affect the Athabasca River watershed.

Rec-Plex Steering Committee – Councillor Giezen, Councillor Mitchell, and Mayor Soroka were appointed to the Recreation Multiplex Steering Committee for the development of the proposed new joint-community recreation facility. The committee will help set the direction of concept designs, site selection, construction, and operations of a new building.

Prohibited Animals Bylaw – Council passed a Prohibited Animals Bylaw - a new bylaw to deal with the increasing wild boar population. The bylaw prohibits the raising or farming of any new wild boar farms in Yellowhead County as a proactive step in protecting the environment, agricultural industry and communities within Yellowhead County. Wild boars, (a wild pest under the Government of Alberta) cost over $1.5 billion in damage each year to agriculture in North America.

2018 Budget and Tax Rate Adopted – The 2018 Budget for Yellowhead County was adopted by Council. The general municipal rate increased 1.71% from the 2017 rates bringing the general municipal tax rate for residential properties (private homes/farms) to 2.5005 and the general municipal non-residential (industrial/commercial) to 6.4747. It is the first increase in six years to the residential tax rate and four years for the industrial tax rate.

Audited Financial Statement for 2017 – Council adopted the 2017 Audited Financial Statement as presented by the external auditor Metrix Group LLP. The Audited Financial Statement for 2017 shows a clean audit with no concerns or issues brought forward by the auditor. The reports are available for viewing on the County website and at both the Edson and Wildwood Administration buildings.

The next Council Meeting is April 24, 2018. The next Governance & Priorities Committee Meeting is April 17, 2018. All meetings start at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers.

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