Ball rolling on Country Residential rates

The wheels are starting to turn on a process to bring country residential tax rates to residents living north of the North Saskatchewan River.

On Jan. 23, city councilors commissioned the Financial Services and the Planning and Development departments to bring a report about the implementation of a Country Residential Tax Rate for all properties north of the river, excluding Hazeldell.

This isn’t the first time city council has considered the prospect of implementing the rate, and Mayor Greg Dionne said it was long past time they gave the proposal serious consideration.

“People are looking for acreages. They want to build acreages, and one of the hindrances is the tax model on the other side,” Dionne said. “When you go just a kilometre further and you’re in the R.M. of Buckland, your taxes decrease by a third.”

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