Council to look at a minimum for property taxes

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Council motioned to transfer $100,000 from General Contingency Capital Reserve into the Recreational Capital Reserve which was sitting at only $8,838, at their May 29 regular council meeting,  for the purpose of partial funding of the arena boards and heaters and the water fountain at the Coronation Dam.
The fountain is budgeted at $11,500 and the arena boards and heaters is $70,000.

Unsightly properties
Discussion was held regarding the unsightly properties around town, especially with Homecoming this year.
A suggestion was made that if necessary, the town would hire staff and equipment to clean up these properties.
“Our employees are going to be really busy before Homecoming,” said Coun. Shelley Cook, “so it would be nice if they weren’t burdened.”

Campground
Council motioned to charge $35 for fully-serviced 50 amp stalls at the Coronation Campground.

Minimum for property taxes
Council looked at  establishing a minimum tax for Residential and commercial properties.
Based on 2017 property assessment values, if the Town approved a $500 minimum tax levy, approximately 65 properties would be affected and an additional $14,630 would be generated in tax revenue.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sandra Kulyk noted that the lowest tax bill presently is the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at $28, three vacant lots tax levy in 2017 was between $44 and $62, while an older residential home sits at $100.
“Is there anything negative [to this proposal],” questioned Coun. Vickey Horkoff.  “Could we end up with even more properties to clean up?’
“If they’re going to walk away from it [property],” said Coun. Keith Griffiths, “they’re going to walk away from it whether it’s  taxes are $50 or $500.”
CAO Kulyk will bring back a bylaw  stating, it will give property owners a year to absorb the change.

Other business
CAO Kulyk will look into cost for signs for the purpose of depicting historical buildings throughout Coronation as part of the Canada 150 Legacy Project Grant from Paintearth Economic Partnership Society for $5,000 .
CAO Kulyk reported that the engineering fees associated with the Water Main Extension project will be over budget by approximately $4,000 due to the length of the project which started in 2015 but had to be delayed until this year waiting for an Atco gas line to be moved.
Positives, however, was the $16,000 saved in soil compaction tests, etc. because of the directional drilling rather than trenching.

Walking path
“Who is going to repair this?” said Coun. Shelley Cook regarding the walking path that was left with 14 foot ruts from a cement truck that was pouring cement for new exercise equipment through the ChooseWell Committee.
“This is the second time in a month that it’s [walking path] got damaged,” added Coun. Cook.
“I think we should notify Choosewell,” said Jackie Brigley, that they can expect a bill for the repairs.
It took a lot of volunteers into making that path, stated Kulyk.

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