Town of Stettler adopts 2020 tax budget

Rates were selected to accommodate the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic

On May 19th, the Town of Stettler council adopted the 2020 Operating Budget, with combined expenditures totaling $18,240,375.

The average municipal property tax class changes were set at zero per cent for residential properties and minus one per cent for non-residential properties.

With a zero per cent residential property tax increase, no additional revenue will be generated for municipal purposes from the pre-existing 2019 residential property class, and the non-residential property class will see a decrease in overall property class revenue for municipal purposes of -$22,237.

The property class changes were chosen, largely in part, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town of Stettler acknowledges that this crisis has caused increased financial strain for many residents, and hopes to provide assistance in the path to recovery.

The Town continues to commit to the best interests of our taxpayers, noted a release.

“The Town of Stettler will continue to provide affordable, high quality core municipal services while being mindful of the economic climate and fiscal impacts upon our taxpayers,” said Greg Switenky, CAO. “Ensuring stability through this unprecedented period is paramount to protect our community’s viability.”

Additionally, the Town has extended the Property Tax Payment Deadline from June 30th to Oct. 30th.

A monthly Tax Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Plan will be available to taxpayers in July.

Tax notices will be distributed to taxpayers throughout the week. For further information or to register for the Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Plan, residents are encouraged to contact the Town of Stettler Office at 403-742-8305.

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