Tax rates decrease, but increased assessment may mean increased taxes

By Rob VogtTax rates will go down for ratepayers in the Town of Claresholm but taxes will still increase an average of 3.7 per cent for residential properties and one per cent for non-residential properties because assessment has increased due to inflation.The 2024 rates will see a 7.4 percent decrease in the residential municipal rate from 2023 and a 2.6 … Read more

M.D. adopts 2023 operating and capital budgets

By Rob VogtThe council of the Municipal District of Willow Creek has adopted its 2022 operating budget of $17.2 million.The decision came at council’s April 12 meeting after a presentation by administration.It stated the total operating budget revenue is $17,202,235 with total operating budget expenditures of $17,156,645, generating a surplus of $45,590.Council previously approved an interim budget, and there have … Read more

Chamber hears how Nobleford grew, reduced taxes

By Rob VogtNobleford really is a modern municipal miracle, going from a declining population, few job opportunities and high property taxes, to attracting businesses, creating jobs and reducing taxes by 90 per cent.Growth was the objective in order to survive.At the centre of that activity was Kirk Hofman, who was Nobleford’s chief administrative officer.He was the guest speaker at the … Read more

Community learns more about Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterThe Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has brought an infusion of new people into the community, to work and live.An information session on that program was held at the Claresholm town office and multi-use community building on Jan. 18 for about a dozen people in attendance.It was hosted on by the Claresholm and District … Read more

Four local organizations receive foundation grants

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterThe Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has provided grants to four local community organizations.On Dec. 7, the foundation announced it had supported:• The Claresholm and District Transportation Society with $10,000.The funding will be used to help the society purchase a replacement passenger van to provide medical transportation for seniors and persons with … Read more

Chamber, EDC host session on foreign workers

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterForeign workers have the same rights as other workers in Canada.That was one of the themes of a presentation given by Mark Holthe, a Canadian immigration lawyer from Lethbridge, to about 40 people gathered at the new town office and multi-use community building on Nov. 21.It was the latest installment of Opportunities for Growth, … Read more