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County of Stettler denies multiple tax-penalty waiver requests

Stevens: ‘I don’t see how we can vote to forgive (these penalties), and have it be equitable.’

The County of Stettler council denied multiple requests for for tax-penalty forgiveness in the most regular meeting held on Dec. 8,2021.

Taxes in the county were due on the last business day of October, which ended up being Oct. 29 this year.

On the agenda before council were four requests for the waiver of penalties applied to taxes which were unpaid after that date.

Ratepayers have four months to pay their taxes from the time the notices are sent out in June, and accounts paid after the deadline are subject to a 10 per cent penalty.

Under the authority given to the county under the Municipal Government Act, council may waive penalties and fees for ratepayers provided that it is deemed equitable for all ratepayers to do so.

“We advertise it every way we know how, on social media, and regular media,” said Coun. Justin Stevens.

“I don’t see how we can vote to forgive (these penalties), and have it be equitable.”

Coun. James Nibourg agreed with his colleague, pointing out that between online and in-person payment options, the county has “made it very easy” for ratepayers to pay their tax bills.

Council denied all waiver requests.