Clive keeps costs, taxes down

Village of Clive kept its tax increases low with only 0.38 per cent increase in property taxes this year.
During its regular meeting May 8, Clive approved its $1.9 million operating and  $838,000 capital budgets. An average home assessed at $252,691 can expect a $3.27 increase in their yearly property tax bill. The village will collect $644,135 in property taxes.
Clive Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney said the village is pleased they are maintaining services without increasing taxes.
“We pride ourselves on being fiscally responsible.”
Inflation was down slightly because some property values decreased. This combined with the village’s approximate .5 per cent growth, aided in keeping taxes down, said CAO Kenney.
“We had a couple of new builds. All you need are a couple of $300,000 houses added to the market.”
The village’s capital budget includes $732,300 for the 52 St. and 49 Ave. upgrades. The village approved a borrowing bylaw of $185,000 for the construction of 52 St. and 49 Ave. infrastructure improvements.

Enforcement of shipping and holiday trailers
Village of Clive council asked administration for increased enforcement to ensure those with shipping and holiday trailers are following the bylaw.
CAO Kenney, however, told council that increased enforcement comes with an increased price tag and suggested council continue dealing with these issues on a complaint basis.
Council accepted CAO Kenney’s report as information.

Funfest set
Clive’s Funfest is set for June 17 and there are few changes and new events.
The farmers/craft market will be at the indoor arena instead of the school as previous years.
“It gives more room to have more tables and vendors,” said CAO Kenney. “We’re thinking it will help make the market bigger this year.”
The theme for Funfest is Celebrate Canada 150. The Lions club will have a rock-painting project for youth. Also new this year is motor cross demonstrations at the soccer field. A local resident will perform two 20-minute shows.

Returning officer selected
Susan Giesbrecht was appointed as Returning Officer for the 2017 fall municipal election. She will determine the dates and locations of the polling booths.

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