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County reminds residents of June 30 payment deadlineAt the May 8 Council meeting, Red Deer County Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of the municipal tax rate bylaw for 2018. Tax rates will vary on individual properties, and are based on their market value assessment. Changes to mill rates and special levies are listed below.Under the bylaw, residential municipal taxes will see an increase of $20 per $100,000 of assessed value. Non-residential taxes will see an increase of $120 per $100,000 of assessed value.
*Non-residential taxes are those calculated on commercial, industrial, machinery & equipment, as well as linear sectors.Environmental and Protective Services levies will remain unchanged from 2017 (0.1590, and 0.5000 respectively), while the Community Services levy will increase to 0.6000 from 0.4000. This increase is directly related to the new recreation funding agreements with neighboring municipalities.According to County CAO Curtis Herzberg, “This tax rate will keep Red Deer County in a strong financial position well into the future. The County will continue a very strong Capital Projects program, and ensure that residents and business owners have the levels of service they expect.”Mayor Jim Wood commented, “There has not been a tax increase in Red Deer County since 2015. We continue to hold the line on farmland taxation, and we are providing the services that everyone is asking for. We remain competitive with our adjacent municipalities, and I look forward to a strong economy helping our local businesses.”Red Deer County’s 2018 budget is $87 million, which is up from $74 million in 2017. Approx. $47 million of that budget comes from taxation. This money is used to fund everything from maintenance of roads and infrastructure, to water and waste management, agriculture and environmental services, community services, fire, patrol and emergency management.