Village of Nobleford
On Apr. 19, according to the Village of Nobleford’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Kirk Hofman, village council approved a $2.2 million budget for 2016 and passed a tax bylaw — again reducing the municipal portion of property taxes with a mill rate of .389 for residential, and 2.14 for non-residential. The mill rate in 2006 was 9.5.
“This equates to a 95 per cent reduction in municipal taxation since 2006. A home valued at $300,000 in Nobleford will have a 2016 municipal tax bill of $117, plus $785 for school tax and $40 for seniors housing. Nobleford is required to collect the education school tax and senior housing tax for the province of Alberta and sends it off to the Alberta Government,” noted Hofman, in a recent media release.
Nobleford, Hofman added in the media release, has had the lowest residential tax rate in Alberta since 2009, as well as maintained one of the highest per capita assessments in Alberta.
“The Canadian Federation of Business named Nobleford as the second most sustainable municipality in Alberta. Nobleford will be celebrating its Centennial in 2018 and will be rewarding its residential property owners with a tax free year on the municipal portion of taxes,” said Hofman, in the media release.
Other Centennial projects include paving overlay of Highway Avenue, a 600-square-foot Legion Legacy pavilion, Legacy silhouette history plaques, park electrical, and lighting to Centennial Park via a joint partnership between Nobleford Legion Legacy, the Parks and Recreation Society, the Centennial Society, and the Village of Nobleford.
The Centennial Society, Hofman said in the media release, is also working on a history book.
Hofman added the Nobleford Community Complex Society is working with the village to paint the exterior and add interior storage rooms in the Community Complex.
“Lethbridge County has committed funds to this project and other grants are being applied for,” Hofman said, in the media release.
Nobleford, Hofman noted, will maintain the same utility rates the village has had since 2012 for water, sewer, and garbage — which averages $45 per month.