Mountain View Clunty Council has approved some measures to help manage the payment of taxes for ratepayers experiencing financial pressures during these extremely difficult economic times.
This year the County will provide incentives to ratepayers who pay their taxes before the 2020 tax payment deadline of September 15th.
If landowners pay before August 15th they will save 0.5% on their taxes, and if they pay before July 15th it can save 1% on the total tax bill.
After September 15th a 1.5% penalty will be applied against outstanding tax balances, but this will be forgiven if full payment is received by December 1st. It is important to note that these relaxations of penalties are not forgiveness of taxes for 2020.
County Council approved these measures at its April 22nd regular meeting. The meeting also featured Council approval of the 2020 Budget and the 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw.
The budget features $29.6 million for municipal purposes, including funding for infrastructure projects that enhance services for residents while stimulating the economy and providing some needed employment for Alberta workers. Importantly, there are no deep cuts to community funding and services, while also holding the line on taxes for residents and businesses alike.
A significant portion of taxes collected go to other destinations. Mountain View County will collect about $12 million on behalf of the province for education, and another $1.8 million in support of Mountain View Seniors Housing. In addition, 9% of the County's revenue is dedicated to recreation and culture in our urban centres, our contribution toward those services available to County residents.
New this year is a $284,000 invoice from the Province for police services, an amount that is scheduled to grow exponentially over the next three years.
More information on the budget, the Tax Rate Bylaw and the tax payment options will be available in the coming days and weeks through County communications channels and social media, and through your 2020 Tax Notices.
Questions or concerns, contact the County office at 403-335-3311 between 8 am and 4 pm; Monday to Friday.