The ATB Financial Agency and Village of Stirling office re-opened on May 25. Only one customer is allowed inside the building at any time.
For ATB questions or inquiries, please call 403-756-3030. The office is open from 9 – 3 p.m. on weekdays. For village questions or inquiries, please call 403-756-3379. The office is open from 8 – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
“We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation over the last few weeks,” reads a statement regarding the re-opening on the village’s website. “It’s been a trying time for us all, and it’s good to get back to a more normal routine.”
Property Tax Bylaw 2020
The 2020 Property Tax Bylaw was passed at the May 20 meeting. Council has agreed to provide a three-month deferral on tax payments for those that could use extra time. Tax notices are mailed at the end of May, with a due date of Sept. 30.
“Based on the deliberation results, taxation rates will remain consistent and ratepayers can expect little change other than changes that may occur as a result of market assessment values,” reads a statement in the village’s May newsletter. “The one exception will be the minimum tax rate. Municipal Affairs performed an audit at the Village of Stirling and to become compliant with the Municipal Government Act, the village is required to reduce the number of minimum tax categories from two rates to one. Therefore, council approved to eliminate the vacant property minimum tax and maintain the general minimum tax rate for all properties at $975.”
“Our capital projects are offset financially by our grants received from the Alberta Government, and not generally an expense to the operating budget.”
For 2020, the Village has an approved operating budget of $2,250,400 and a capital budget of $1.1 million. Projects include the revitalization of 3rd Street in front of the school, continued road improvements of oiled gravel for eight additional roads, and pool upgrades.
Projects reaching finalization include installation of raw water irrigation for the cemetery, library relocation and renovation, and assistance to the volunteer fire department with procuring a new brush truck.