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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 July 11th, 2016 and the next Municipal Planning Commission meeting will be held on July 25th, 2016. There will not be an MPC meeting in June.
As always, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and recordings of the meetings are available on our Youtube page.
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 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 email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
Gravel will be available for purchase from the County again this year during the following weeks:
- May 24th to 27th
- August 15th to 19th
If you are interested in purchasing gravel this year, you will need to come to the County Office and pick up a purchase order prior to receiving any gravel. You will need to produce your purchase order to the truck driver when you arrive to pick up your gravel.
If you have received a purchase order, we will be calling you at a later time to let you know the available dates and times for loading at specific gravel pits.
Please be aware that if you are planning on picking up gravel, you must be wearing appropriate safety vests and equipment.
Information on Accessing Pole Haven
Cardston County has been receiving a number of inquiries on changes to the accessibility of the Pole Haven Community Pasture. The County does not manage Pole Haven nor does the County have any influence on how the Community Pasture is managed, but we can provide the following information to residents from the Provincial Department of Environment and Parks and the Pole Haven Grazing Association:
- "Effective immediately, the Pole Haven Grazing Association will restrict recreational access to foot access."
- "Motorized access, camping, campfires, mountain biking, horse use, snowmobiling, and wood cutting for personal use will not be permitted at this time."
- "The intent is not to restrict reasonable foot access, but to manage the rangeland resources under best management practices and the Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice to maintain a healthy rangeland status."
- "Currently, the best way to achieve a healthy range status is to restrict recreational access on the lease due to the increase in recreational use and the resulting undesirable impacts to rangelands and wildlife habitat."
If you have any concerns about the changes to Pole Haven Community Pasture, please contact the Provincial Department of Environment and Parks or the Pole Haven Grazing Association directly.Social Media