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Zero increase for residential, farmland taxes in Wheatland County

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The final 2021 capital and operating budgets for Wheatland County were approved by council during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 6, following revisions to the interim budget previously approved in December 2020.
Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed financial challenges for many municipalities across the province, Wheatland County approved a zero per cent tax increase for residential and farmland properties in the 2021 operating budget.
“The 2021 final budget that council approved strikes a balance between fiscal responsibility and providing the municipal services our residents and businesses expect,” Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link said in a statement. “The ratepayer engagement survey that was undertaken during the 2021 budget process contributed to the prioritization of budget allocation.”
Nearly $2.1 million was allocated for the new Carseland Fire Hall, as well as more than $3.9 million for wastewater projects throughout the county, including $2.8 million for the Rosebud wastewater system in the capital budget.
The county also allocated $687,000 to support not-for-profits and hamlet projects, such as repairing and replacing sidewalks and concrete, and to support area libraries.
One of the largest budgeted expenditures is more than $13 million for road construction throughout the county.
“This is the culmination of a long and thorough process. Even though there’s not a ton of discussion there’s been months of discussion and iterations and adaptations,” Reeve Link said during the meeting.
The final operating budget of $63.1 million, and the final capital budget of $21.5 million was passed unanimously by council.


Rotary to add new fun feature welcoming visitors to Park

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This is an artist’s rendition of a new fun-loving dinosaur sure to put a smile on the faces of visitors to Rotary Park. She should be on display by the end of May.
Children will be encouraged to visit regularly so they can have their photos taken and measure their height when standing next to this humorous beach-going lady who will be holding a measuring stick. And visitors will be encouraged to assist Rotary in raising funds for more community projects by leaving donations in the purse of this new dinosaur attraction.
Construction of the 6-foot-tall Parasaurolophus is being carried out by Dinosaur Valley Studios.
“Rotarians feel this is a worthy project that will enhance the experience of everyone visiting the park. Thousands of visitors and local residents flock to Rotary Park to enjoy family outings that are sure to help children enjoy the outdoors,” says Club President Bev Krabsen.
Rotary Park is home to the famous water fountain and kiddies splash area.
Krabsen adds, with the support of the public, Rotary is looking forward to raising funds for the club’s 100th anniversary project in 2024, a project that will result in a legacy for the community.

Guides cookies on sale

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Teagyn and the Third Drumheller Brownies are getting ready to sell their infamous Girl Guide cookies at the Drumheller Canadian Tire on Saturday, May 8, and there is plenty to go around with 180 cases of cookies. Last year, Drumheller Canadian Tire helped support the annual cookie sales when COVID restrictions prevented Guides from selling only two days after receiving their shipment. As current restrictions continue to limit in-person interactions and door-to-door sales, the table will provide a safe way for cookie lovers to get their fix. Funds raised through the cookie sales will stay in Drumheller and help support the five local units. Please call local Girl Guide leader Noella Brisbois at 403-334-3841 if you would like to place an order.


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