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County Council Meetings

Cardston County's Council Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month and occasionally we require a second meeting during the month which will be held after the MPC meeting on the 4th Monday. 

The next Council meeting will be held on September 12th, 2016 There next Municipal Planning Commission meeting wil be held on September 26th, 2016.

As always, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and recordings of the meetings are available on our Youtube page.

2016 Transboundary Water, Weeds, and Stewardship Tour

Big shout out to the County of Warner, Milk River Watershed Council Canada, Glacier National Park, AAAF Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, and Montana Weed Control Association for partnering with us on an excellent 2016 Transboundary Water, Weeds, and Stewardship Tour!

The Transboundary Tour took over one hundred delegates from various governments, businesses, and organizations across parts of Alberta and Montana to learn about watershed management, weed control, and land stewardship. We'll be sharing more info and photos from the Tour with you next week on our Facebook page.

Another big shout out to Dow Agrosciences, Crop Production Services, Engage Agro, BASF, AG-West Distributing Company, Alberta Invasive Species Council, Bayer Crop Science, Rozol RTU, Play Clean Go, and the Milk River Watershed Alliance for sponsoring the 2016 Transboundary Water, Weeds, and Stewardship Tour. We couldn't have done it without your help!

Auditing Services Request for Proposal

Cardston County is inviting proposals from qualified accounting and auditing firms for the provision of professional services to audit annual financial statements in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and Public Sector Accounting Board standards.

You can find a copy of the Request for Proposal with proposal requirements and submission instructions here. The closing date is September 16th, 2016.

RFP Clarifications (August 24, 2016)

1. Question: Is it current practice for the auditor to attend the inventory count performed in the first week of January?  The RFP mentioned a confirmation of inventory for the first week of January.

Answer: We have always done this in the past, however, you as the auditor can purpose something different as long as it is in the best interests of both parties in terms of time and money. We perform our in house inventory “Final” count between Christmas and new years of each year. Most items are inventoried monthly.

2. Question: Is there a third party engineer which measures the County’s gravel at year end to determine the inventory value or is the gravel measured by the County? 

Answer: We use a reputable engineering company who uses drones to measure the inventory count. This company is used by at least ten other counties. Prior to this the engineers also did it manually. 

3. Question: Does the auditor prepare the financial statements?

Answer: Yes

4. Question:When was the last Tri Annual audit for LAPP completed ?

Answer: 2015

Final Property Tax Reminder

Just a reminder that property taxes are due by June 30th, 2016 and that late penalties will be applied on outstanding accounts beginning July 1st, 2016. You can pay your property taxes through the mail, in-person at our office, or through your online banking service.

Our late penalty structure is as follows:

  • Starting July 1st, 2016, a 5% penalty will be applied to the original property tax levy on outstanding accounts.
  • On January 1st, 2017, another 5% penalty will be applied to the original property tax levy on outstanding accounts.
  • On March 1st, 2017 a final penalty of 12% will be applied to the total remaining balance (including the previous penalties) on outstanding accounts.
We do not like having to apply penalties to outstanding accounts, so please make sure your property taxes are paid on time!

We are also reminding you that with the possibility of a Canada Post strike or lockout, you may have to make alternate arrangements if you were planning on paying your property taxes by mail. Property taxes will still be due on June 30th regardless of the Canada Post strike or lockout situation and penalties will still be applied beginning July 1st.

If you have questions about your property tax notice or payment options, please call us at (403) 653-4977 or email at office@cardstoncounty.com

An online version of the Cardston County publication can be found here.

Assessments are available for review.  If you feel that your property has been improperly assessed, you have until July 30th, 2016 to make an appeal. If you are looking to make an appeal, you can contact our office for more information on the process.

Alberta Century Farm and Family Award

We would like to congratulate the Jorgensen Family from Del Bonita for being awarded the Alberta Century Farm and Family Award! We are proud to be home to such committed and determined farmers and ranchers.

Keeping the farm or ranch from generation to generation and actively operating is an impressive achievement for any Alberta family.

The Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award salutes those families who have continuously owned and actively operated the same land for 100 years.

You can read more from the official press release here.

The Real Dirt on Farming

Hopefully you have had a chance to browse through the Farm & Food Care magazine that we provided to you with our property tax notices this year.

The Real Dirt on Farming magazine is also available online without charge. Help us spread the word about our agricultural industry, which is vital for our region and for anyone who eats food.

Weed Spraying Program & Equipment Rentals

Weed Spraying

Cardston County provides a weed spraying program for residents to help combat the spread of damaging weeds throughout our region.

We provide this service on a cost-recovery basis, with our rates begin at $55/hour, with a $50 startup fee and a minimum total charge of $100. Take a look at the attached brochure for more information.

Equipment Rentals

We provide a rental equipment service to assist our local agricultural producers with soil conservation, pest control, and weed control. Take a look at our brochure for more information. A full list of rental equipment and rates are available by clicking the link on the sidebar to the right.

Fire Bans

Cardston County is no longer under a provincial fire ban, so we are now able to issue fire permits as usual. You can obtain a fire permit by calling (403) 653-3712.

During 2015 alone, nearly 5,500 square kilometers of land was lost in Alberta in 1,786 wildfires. These wildfires affect Albertans’ homes and livelihoods and our province’s land and wildlife.

Approximately 35% of wildfires are caused by lightning, with the remaining 65% being caused by humans. The Alberta Fire Bans app will hopefully help decrease the amount of human-caused wildfires in Alberta by making it easier for Albertans to access information on fire notices.

You can find more information on provincial fire bans here or by using the provincial fire ban app available on your smartphone.

         Social Media

We are now on Facebook and Youtube. Follow our pages for the latest updates and information from Cardston County.