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Strathmore RCMP update area villages

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According to Strathmore’s Provincial Crime Gauge, criminal code offences have dropped by a total of 12 per cent from January 2023 - November 2023.

The RCMP have done presentations to councils in Rockyford and Standard, and submitted a report to Hussar, explaining their reports in the last year and breaking down their crime statistics. Persons crimes such as stabbings and assaults are down by 15 per cent, and property crimes are down by 10 per cent. Theft of vehicles and personal property may not be viewed as grave as persons crimes, since they aren’t being physically abused, yet they can
be more aggravating to the public. Break and enters have decreased by 16 per cent,
with 8 fewer occurrences than in 2022, and theft under $5000 had decreased by 33 percent, with 31 fewer cases. The theft of motor vehicles has risen by 5 per cent with three more being stolen than the previous year.

Strathmore RCMP’s Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz tells The Mail that the main reason for the overall drop in crime is credited to reductions in property crime such as break and enters and theft under $5000. “One of our Detachment priorities was to focus on Property Crimes, specifically Break and Enter, Theft from Motor Vehicles, and Theft of Motor Vehicles. To achieve a goal of maintaining or reducing crime in these areas we employed a number of strategies.
Most effective in these strategies was our habitual offender management program which focuses attention on known persons or properties which are most negatively impactful on our communities. Through this program we were able to shut down a problematic property where stolen property was frequently stored, area habitual offenders would either frequent or stay on the property, and subjects were found wanted on various crimes,” explains Wielgosz, “Another contributing factor is our watch clerk program. Each of our watches has a clerk assigned who can complete much of the administrative tasks for our members thereby maximizing their ability to be present in our rural areas. This has been very helpful to prevent, detect, and to deter crime in our rural areas.”

Dynos Junior B strike silver at B-ball tourney

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The DVSS Junior B boys Dynos basketball team struck silver at its home tournament.

The Dynos hosted a six-team tournament on Saturday, January 27. The Dynos battled their way through pool play undefeated and wound up in the final facing Rundle College of Calgary in the final. They played well but came up short and lost in the finals 56-36.
The team is coached by Brook Gipman and Crystal Sereda. Despite the loss, Sereda said the team played well and is having a great season. They also won silver in a Strathmore tournament the previous weekend.
“They play really good defence, ensuring that all of their teammates get opportunities. They work really well with each other,” said Sereda. “It is a really good group of boys, and they have fun. They actually enjoy each other playing.”
DVSS has solid participation this year with a Junior A, B and C team at the Junior High level.

Separate mail-outs for Property Tax and Assessments coming



The average home value in 2023 was $234,000, up from$218,000 in 2022. 


The Town of Drumheller (TOD) residents who own their home will receive their property tax notices and assessment notices in a different fashion this year. Starting this February, they will be mailed out separately. TOD councilor Tom Zariski spoke about this at the Monday, January 15, 2024 Committee of the Whole meeting.
“This assessment notice will include information on their property assessment only and will not be the tax bill,” says Zariski, “Issuing the assessment notices separately will provide property owners with an opportunity to ensure their assessments are reasonable and to learn more about how their assessment was determined, prior to receiving their property tax notice.”
Property assessments and the tax notices will be mailed out separately so that they improve public knowledge and allow homeowners time to review their property assessment notices.
“​​Property assessment is conducted annually by professional assessors regulated by the Alberta Assessors’ Association. The value determined by the assessor would appear in the annual Property Assessment Notice. The property owner is welcome to speak to the assessor on most assessment-related questions – with no formal complaint fee required. If property owners disagree with the property assessment, they may file a formal complaint with the Assessment Review Board by the deadline stated on the Property Assessment Notice. The Property Tax Notice will be issued in May each year, based on the property tax rate approved by Council and the property assessed value,” states TOD Communications Officer Bret Crowle in an email sent to The Mail.
In 2023, the average price of a single-family home in Drumheller was $234,000. This does not include mobile homes or apartments. In 2022, the average price was $218,000.


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