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U18 Raptors host Game One of championship round Friday

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The U18 React/DT Fire Protection Raptors are bound for the finals after a two-game total points win over Camrose.
The U18 Raptors were in Camrose on Friday, March 1, for Game One of the series.
Kegan Regis and Kerric Chambers had two goals and two assists each, and Kayden Bitz and Terry Martin each contributed a goal as the Raptors went on to a 6-2 win, positioning themselves well for Game Two.
The Raptors hosted Camrose on Sunday, March 3, for the second game of the series. The team took time out before the game to honour its five senior players who are graduating from Minor Hockey.
The Raptors scored first and never looked back. Regis had two goals and an assist, and Owen Phoenix and Gavin Olsen also contributed goals as the Raptors went on to win Game Two, 4-3, with a total goal differential of 10-5.
With this win, the Raptors will go on to play Kneehill in the league final. There is going to be some stiff competition as the Raptors and Kneehill are well-known to each other. They met four times this year, including in the tiering round, and Kneehill has taken three victories. The Raptors appear to be peaking at the right time. After an up-and-down season, they have won eight in a row.
“To beat Kneehill we are going to have to play a full 120 minutes over these two games,” said coach Stephen Fournier.
Game One of the two-game series is on Friday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m.


2024 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw approved by council

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At the Council Meeting on February 20, 2024, Drumheller Town Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 13.24 - Supplementary Assessment, as presented.
The Town of Drumheller has always levied a supplementary tax via a bylaw and, under legislation, such a bylaw must be approved on an annual basis. The Town of Drumheller levies taxes twice a year, such is accustomed to the practices of other municipalities in Alberta.
The general tax levy is levied in the spring and is based on annual assessments prepared as of December 31 of the previous year. The general tax levy does not consider the portion of properties constructed and completed after December 31 of the previous year. Municipalities may pass a bylaw that allows both the assessment of additions to land after December 31 and permits the collection of property taxes on said additions for a portion of the year that the bylaw was passed.
The assessor for the municipality must determine the value of the additions since December 31 of the previous year. Once determined, the assessed value is then placed on the supplementary assessment roll and this assessment roll is then used to produce supplementary assessment notices.
Supplementary assessment notices are to be delivered to those with assessed property before the end of the calendar year. Property taxes based on the supplementary assessment are prorated to reflect only the portion of the year that the addition was completed or in operation in the municipality.
To learn more about Bylaw 13.24 - Supplementary Assessment, please click here. For inquiries regarding your assessment, please contact Wild Rose Assessment Services by emailing admin@wildroseassmt.com or by calling 403-334-3357.

Horner delivers balanced budget

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Nate Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, delivered the province a balanced budget.
The Drumheller-Stettler MLA presented the budget on Thursday afternoon, February 29. The budget forecasts a surplus of $367 Million. That said, revenues are projected to be $73.5 billion which is $2.1 billion lower than earlier forecasts.
“Alberta is growing. Budget 2024 is a plan that manages the pressures faced by a growing province today while securing the future for generations who follow,” said Horner. “I’m proud of the choices we made in this budget that support Albertans’ top priorities and prepare our province to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Budget 2024 invests today and saves for tomorrow so we can continue to be the nation’s economic engine.”
Personal tax revenue is projected to be up $365 million to $15.6 billion, spurred on by population growth. Corporate taxes are projected at $7 billion, down $176 million and non-renewable resources are projected to drop from $19.4 billion to $17.3 billion.
Total expense is projected to be $73.2 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent and operating expense increases by 3.9 percent to $60.1 billion.
The budget has a contingency of $2 billion to respond to in-year expense pressures such as disasters and emergencies.
One of the largest expenses is healthcare, which is budgeted for $26.2 billion, up 4.4. percent. Education also saw an increase of 4.4 per cent.
Wildfire support is also on the increase, with the budget contributing $151 million for enhancements to the Wildfire Management Program and $55 million on capital investment for new firefighting equipment and facilities.
“Alberta’s government is well prepared for the 2024 wildfire season. We have emerging technologies that will enable us to better protect forests and communities while continuing to prioritize proactive measures that build wildfire resilience throughout the province,” said Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry and Parks.
Water management and drought preparedness will see $1.3 billion in capital funding, over three years. This includes $251 million to better prepare for flooding events and drought. There is also $272 million for irrigation projects and $539 million for municipal water and wastewater.


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