Business license fees will be holding steady in Stettler, as per a decision made by council during their Nov. 23 meeting.
The business license rates for 2022 will be remain at $150 per year for residents of the town, and $350 per year for non-residents, which will generate around $90,500 next year, 100 per cent of which will go back into the Stettler Board of Trade (BOT).
These rates have remained unchanged since 2013, and are a little higher than median when averaged with other similarly-sized municipalities.
In 2021, there were 445 commercial business licences and 42 home-based licences granted to town residents, while there were 50 non-resident business licenses issued.
Because the Town is unable to charge business licenses on regulated professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, a business tax is used in association with the business license, which is levied against those businesses.
The business tax bylaw, also passed during the meeting, is remaining unchanged as well.
Around $6,100 annually is raised through the Business Tax Bylaw, which also goes towards the BOT.
2022 dog and cat licenses
Cat and dog license fees remain uncharged.
Unaltered dogs and cats will each remain at $50 per animal.
Altered — neutered or spayed — dogs and cats will each remain at $25 per animal.
Those residents who register their animals between Dec. 1, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022 are eligible for a $10 discount per animal as an early registration incentive.
In 2021, there were 44 unaltered dogs and 673 altered dogs and 287 altered cats registered in town, for an estimated revenue for the Town of $26,200 in 2022.
Bylaw enforcement contract
Council decided to renew the contract with Alberta Animal Services of Red Deer for a five-year term.
The contract was brought back to council as a Committee of the Whole recommendation.
Providing 140 hours of bylaw enforcement and animal control services, the contract will commence Jan. 1, 2022, and cost $13,625.49 per month.
As part of the contract, the company will also receive a 2.5 per cent yearly cost of living increase every January beginning in January 2023.