Town of Castor council transfers some debt to tax rolls, writes off others

Castor community sign. ECA Review/T.Huxley
Written by Stu Salkeld

The Town of Castor council transferred some unpaid bills to certain property tax rolls and wrote off some bad debt. 

The decisions were made at the Dec. 14 regular meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative officer  (CAO) Christopher Robblee presented councillors with an agenda item entitled “Accounts Receivable Transfer to Municipal Tax Account,” and stated these debts were owed to the town by various parties and some of the debts could be transferred to the party’s tax roll, while in some cases that wasn’t possible, so the bad debt would have to be written off.

Robblee also explained in some cases the town has paid money out and was afterwards unable to recover those funds, hence the debt owing.

The agenda memo noted a number of invoice numbers, amounts owing and tax rolls.

Invoice numbers, amounts owing and tax rolls shown.

According to the agenda memo, all of the debts were transferable to tax rolls with the exception of $371.54, which had to be written off.

Robblee noted the Municipal Government Act gives councillors the authority to transfer certain debts to tax rolls but must be done through a resolution. 

He also noted that these issues usually come to council once a year in December.

He further added the town tried to collect on the written-off debts but wasn’t able to collect the money.

Councillors unanimously transferred certain amounts to tax rolls and wrote off the amounts identified in the memo.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.