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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 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.

Drumheller GIS arrest male and female for trafficking methamphetamine

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On March 3, 2024, Drumheller General Investigation Section (GIS) executed a search warrant at a local residence, as well as on a vehicle and a travel trailer, in Three Hills. The investigation was initiated in January of 2024. As a result of the search warrant, police seized the following:

120.06 grams of suspected methamphetamine
Canadian Currency
Paraphernalia related to drug trafficking
Brass knuckles

Justin Lenfesty (33), a resident of Three Hills, has been charged with:

Possession for the possession of trafficking methamphetamine
Possession of property obtained by crime
Fail to comply with release order X 8

Following a Judicial Interim Hearing, Lenfesty was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on March 8, 2024.

A female resident of Three Hills has been charged with:

Possession for the possession of trafficking methamphetamine
Possession of a prohibited weapon for a dangerous purpose

The female was released on an undertaking and is set to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on May 24, 2024.

Drumheller GIS would like to thank Three Hills RCMP, Drumheller RCMP and Southern Alberta Emergency Response Team for assisting with the investigation.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by Internet at or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions). To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.


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