Minimal increase in property taxes for Clive residents

Clive residents will only see a .038 per cent increase in property taxes this year after council approved its tax rate bylaw.
Village of Clive council passed the bylaw at its regular meeting May 23. They adopted their budget May 8.
Clive Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney said an average home assessed at $252,691 can expect to pay $3.27 extra this year.

Cost of living increase
Council approved a 1.1 per cent cost of living increase, equal to the Alberta Consumer Price Index, for all village staff effective June 1, 2017.

Equipment purchase
Council approved public works staff’s request to buy a $15,500 Finning vibratory packer attachment for the village’s skid steer. The money will come out of the capital equipment expense account.
CAO Kenney, in a report said that the staff believe there are advantages to having the packer attachment, as it would provide better compaction on road repair.
Another advantage is the soccer field and ball diamond would be rolled at the beginning and end of the summer.
The ball diamond and soccer field have a worm hill problem, which makes the sports fields rough to play on. Public works plans to use the packer to smooth out the fields and make it safer for kids to run and reduce the chance of leg or ankle injury.
In addition, the packer attachment will be used to pack the alleyways, to help prevent water runoff and pooling.

Clive’s FCSS
Susan MacDonald, Executive Director and Wanda Wagner, Clive Outreach Coordinator for the Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) gave council an overview of Clive’s FCSS programs and services, partners, special projects and funding.
Lacombe FCSS partnered with Clive and Bentley for a one-year pilot project to bring enhanced outreach services to rural communities.
Clive’s FCSS received $31,938 last year. Of that, $17,166 came from the province, $5,472 from the village, $1,000 from program fees and $8,300 from other grants.

Lisa Joy
ECA Review reporter

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