M.D. of Smoky River to hold property tax sale Nov. 23
for Smoky River Express
Municipal District of Smoky River council has set 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 as the date to hold a tax sale.
The sale will be held at the M.D. office in Falher. It is for properties which are in arrears for their taxes. Currently, there are three properties listed for the sale.
The M.D. must advertise the sale for 40-90 days in the Alberta Gazette. It must also be advertised in local newspapers for 10-20 days. Notification must also be sent to the property owners. The owners can still pay their outstanding taxes before the sale to retain ownership.
Separate from the sale, CAO Lucien Turcotte announced during his report, the M.D. has collected approximately 97 per cent of 2012's property taxes.
After July 31, any outstanding property taxes are subject to a 10 per cent penalty and a further penalty after Dec. 31.
Power line relocation approved
M.D. council has approved the relocation of a power line on Range Road 201.
Council approved the relocation during their meeting Aug. 8.
CAO Lucien Turcotte says the M.D.ís share of the cost will be approximately $43,000. The power line will be moved onto the right-of-way the M.D has bought, he adds.
The road is being widened for access to the Cargill grain terminal, so the power line had to be relocated.
M.D. approves equipment purchases
Council has approved bylaws for the purchase of a new fire truck, a new tractor and two new gravel trailers. Council approved all three readings to separate bylaws for each item.
The new rapid attack fire truck, based on a Ford F-550 chassis cab, cost $478,960. The M.D. purchased the truck in 2011.
The new tractor, with a mower and sidearm, cost $57,200 after trade-in. The new gravel trailers cost $102,780.