Adjustments to Rocky View Master Rates

Rocky View County recently passed its annual adjustments to the Master Rates Bylaw, which outlines what residents pay for County services (building permits, utilities, licenses, etc.).

Most of the rates will remain unchanged for this year, and actually some will even be decreasing. In some categories, rates are rising 1-2% to cover inflation.

Increases include:

  • Bragg Creek sewer services are moving from a fixed rate of $125. per month to a rate of $25 plus $3.70 per cubic metre of water consumption to better reflect each homeowner’s individual use.
  • The costs of monuments, burial sites, and other cemetery-related services are increasing to move towards true cost recovery.

The new rates come into effect on April 1, 2015.

The Master Rates Bylaw reflects the County’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which identifies fiscal sustainability as one of its pillars. The County is moving towards more user-based fee structures for programs and services that benefit only some residents. Currently fewer than 12,000 of the County’s 38,000 residents receive water, sewer, or curbside waste and recycling services provided by the County.

More information on the Master Rates Bylaw and its 2015 amendments can be found on the Rocky View County website here.

RVC: New Recreation and Culture Plan Coming

The County is one step closer to receiving a new Recreation and Culture Master Plan, after  a presentation to an RVC committee last week. Feedback from the presentation will be used to develop a report, which will be brought back to council in early January.

The development of the plan took into account a lot of feedback from the community, including information taken from workshops, interviews, questionnaires and tours of the facility.

One of the main recommendations being brought forward with the plan is a re-examining of the organizational structure of 10 recreation boards and one regional board.

“The primary purpose of the plan is to identify the needs of the community and a strategic direction to meet those needs, and how to do so in a financially sustainable manner.” – consultant Eric Lees

More recommendations and information on the proposed plan can be found in this great article on Rocky View Weekly.

 

 

4-H Canada Celebrates 100 Years

November is 4-H month in Canada, and Rocky View Council has made it official in the County. This year actually marks the 100 year anniversary of 4-H, so we’re congratulating anyone who is a member or supporter of this great organization.

What is 4-H?

“4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.We’ve been around a long time, almost 100 years. Since 1913, 4-H has given youth opportunities to learn new things through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities.”

There’s over 15 4-H clubs in the Rocky View area, so congrats and thank you to all of the youth working in agriculture in our communities.