When are Council meetings scheduled and can I attend?- Council meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. in the Clear Hills County Office 313, Alberta Avenue Worsley, Alberta, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month with the exception of July, August and December or if rescheduled/cancelled by Council motion. Special meetings may be called by the Reeve or Council as required. There are occasions when a Council meeting or a portion of a meeting is closed to the public in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Act.
How do I get to speak before Council? – You can contact the Executive Assistant 780-685-3925 to request that you be listed as a delegation to speak to Council on a specific item on an agenda, no later than 12 noon on the Wednesday before a Council meeting. Delegations are limited to 15 minutes.
How can I invite the Reeve and/or Councillors to an event? – Contacting the Executive Assistant by phone 780-685-3925 or email email@example.com is the best way to extend an invitation.
How do I contact my Councillor? – Visit the Council page to identify your Division Councillor. Contact information for all Councillors are located under Councillor Members.
How do I get on Council’s Agenda? – all Council Agendas are available to view or download 72 hours before each Regular Council Meeting, Please visit the Council Agenda page to access.
When is the next Municipal Election? – the election term in Alberta is 4 Years and falls on the 3rd Monday of October for all municipalities, except summer villages where elections take place in July and August. The next election date will be October 18, 2021.
Who can I contact about my neighbour’s barking dog? – You can phone the CAO, Allan Rowe at 780-685-3925.
When will my road plowed? – The goal of Winter Road Maintenance is to have roads initially opened and passable from shoulder to shoulder in three (3) days. Roads are to be completely cleared of snow and the accumulated snow banks winged to the ditch bottom within seven (7) days. Please contact the Public Works Manager if you have concerns; 780-685-3925.
The ditch in front of my property does not drain properly, who do I talk to about this? – Please contact the Public Works Manager if you have concerns; 780-685-3925.
How do I sign up for Dust Control? – Dust Control Program Policy 3221 Clear Hills County is offering application of dust control product to interested residents and industry for the 2018 season. To qualify for the service, residents and industry will be required to complete the dust control application form and make payment prior to application of the dust control product. Please contact Clear Hills County Office @ (780) 685-3925 for more information and to obtain an application form.**call 780-685-3925 for the Deadline date to apply .**
Scholarships & Bursaries
Does the County offer any scholarships or bursaries? – Yes, Clear Hills County offers a Continuing Education Scholarship. The Scholarship provides up to $3,000 to cover the cost of tuition for post-secondary, apprenticeship training, trades training or computer and bookkeeping courses. For more information click on the Policy 6801 Continuing Education Scholarships and the Scholarship application.
There is also information and links to the following:
- AAAF Memorial Bursary offered by the Alberta Association of Agricultural Fieldmen,
- Robert E Memorial Scholarship offered by the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency.
This information can also be accessed by selecting the County tab on the webpage and then opening Scholarships and Bursaries in the drop down menu.
What is property assessment?
Your property assessment is a valuation of your property, prior to the current tax year. For example, the 2019 taxes as levied by Clear Hills County are based on the valuation of your property in 2018.
Why do we have annual assessments?
The Municipal Government Act legislates and requires that all property in Alberta be assessed each year. Annual assessments ensure that changes in the marketplace are captured annually, protecting taxpayers from large market fluctuations from year to year. Property assessments are used to distribute taxes in a fair and equitable way. This means that owners of property with similar market values will pay similar amounts of property taxes.
What are Property inspections?
All newly constructed properties are inspected, which allows the assessor to collect key details that are used as part of Alberta’s mass appraisal system. The mass appraisal system categorizes properties into groups of comparable properties and determines their value using common data, mathematical models and statistical tests that allow assessors to accurately value a large number of properties in a short period time.
Existing properties are reviewed from time to time using an on-site inspection or digital mapping where the assessor will review and verify the physical details of the property. This process is necessary to ensure the information used in the property’s assessment remains accurate.
The Municipal Government Act provides an assessor with the authority to enter and inspect the interior and exterior of property and request any documents to assist in preparing the assessment. In carrying out these duties, the assessor must provide reasonable notice of an inspection, conduct the inspection at a reasonable time and produce identification.
How are my property taxes calculated?
Property taxes are based on the following formula.
Assessed Property Value X Property Tax Mill Rate ÷1000 = Taxes