Council learns more about new funding formula

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterThe provincial government is changing the way it funds municipalities, and Claresholm town council had their first real look at what the new formula may look like.At its Dec. 12 meeting, council reviewed a report from administration explaining the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, or MSI, was launched in 2007 to provide both operational and capital … Read more

Council approves 2023 interim operating budget

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterClaresholm town council has approved the Town of Claresholm’s 2023 interim operating budget with no increase in property taxes for municipal purposes and a 1.5 percent increase for increased police funding required by the provincial government.At its Nov. 28 meeting, council reviewed the interim budget after a report from administration.Abe Tinney, the town’s chief … Read more

Natural gas rebates kicked in on Oct. 1

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterWith temperatures beginning to cool as fall sinks in, Albertans may see some relief in natural gas prices.The provincial government recently announced in a release that starting Oct. 1, Alberta’s natural gas rebate program will provide price protection from spikes in natural gas costs for millions of Albertans this winter.It was explained nations around … Read more

Energy rebates will extend into month of December

By Rob Vogt, Local Press WriterThe provincial government will provide a $50 rebate per month for the rest of 2022.On July 6, the government announced nearly two million homes, farms and businesses will receive electricity rebates for the rest of the year to help cover high bills amid rising energy costs.The electricity rebate program will now offer about $600 million … Read more

Fuel tax relief extended three more months, to ease rising prices

By Rob Vogt Local Press WriterMotorists will continue to pay 13 cents less per litre of gasoline or diesel at the pumps, as the provincial government announced it will not charge the provincial fuel tax for at least another three months.In an announcement on June 22, the provincial government said with the fuel tax relief program in place, Albertans save … Read more