Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

Did you know: Eligible senior homeowners can defer all or part of their municipal property taxes with a low-interest home equity loan.

The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to voluntarily defer all or part of their residential property taxes, including the education tax portion. This is done through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.

If you qualify, Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program will pay your residential property taxes directly to your municipality on your behalf.

For more information please visit: Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program | Alberta.ca

Assessments in the Mail

Village of Carmangay

Notice of 2022 Tax and Assessments

The 2021 Tax and assessment notices have been sent out on March 25, 2021.  

TAKE NOTICE that you are assessed for the taxation year as shown. The Assessment Roll will be open for inspection during office hours and if you or your agent desire to object to the entry or omission of your name or that of any other person upon the said roll, or object to your assessment or any assessment, you or your agent must lodge your complaint in writing before the final date for appeal shown above. Send assessment complaints to:

Logan Wehlage BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CONSULTANTS INC. (403) 381-0535 by May 27, 2021.

An appeal fee of $300.00 will be charged.

Tax notices will be forthcoming in the next 1 to 2 months.

New Downtown Building

The Village of Carmangay will complete a new 2,400 square foot building in the downtown adjacent to the Village office. The building will have 3 spaces: 671 sq ft, 521, sq ft and 755 sq ft that can be leased separately or joined together for a larger space. The Village is also considering creating a shared office space or business incubator to stimulate new businesses in Carmangay.

If you would to be kept updated or have an interested in leasing a space please email admin@villageofcarma.ca or phone 403 643 3595.

Career Posting – Bank Specialist

Village of Carmangay

Bank Specialist

About the Village of Carmangay

Carmangay, the oldest municipality in Vulcan County, is a peaceful village beautifully situated on the Little Bow River. It is home to many local businesses, service groups and organizations that service the community and surrounding area. The village is agriculturally supported, both in dryland and irrigated production. We are looking for an experienced Bank Specialist to join the Village.

26 hours a week. Tuesday to Friday.

About the Role

The Bank Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Village of Carmangay ATB agency.  This role reports to the Finance and Administration Manager.  The bank is open from 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday and closed at noon for a half an hour.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist customers with bank transactions at the front counter.
  • Create an accurate opening and closing each day.
  • Maintain all required ATB Training and attend web informational sessions.
  • Assist with required audits.
  • Promote opportunities for the ATB agency to expand its customer base.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Experience with MS Office and computer systems.
  • 1-2 years of experience working in an office environment
  • Exceptional customer service.
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Team player

Closing Date: October 15, 2021

Application and Return:

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Interested applications are invited to email their resume or summary of qualifications to Raman Chohan at rchohan@talenterainc.com.

We wish to thank everyone who submits an application; however, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

2021 Tax and Assessment Notice

The 2021 Tax and assessment notices have been sent out on April 29, 2021.  

TAKE NOTICE that you are assessed for the taxation year as shown. The Assessment Roll will be open for inspection during office hours and if you or your agent desire to object to the entry or omission of your name or that of any other person upon the said roll, or object to your assessment or any assessment, you or your agent must lodge your complaint in writing before the final date for appeal shown above. Send assessment complaints to:

Logan Wehlage BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CONSULTANTS INC. (403) 381-0535 by July 3, 2021.

Appeal fee of $300.00 will be charged.

Interest is charged at the rate of 12% per year calculated at tax due date and end of year on outstanding taxes. 2021 Taxes are due and payable on July 7, 2021.

To obtain a receipt for for taxes paid, please come by the Village office during business hours.

 

Village of Carmangay and Vulcan County sign Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework

Vulcan County and the Village of Carmangay have signed an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement.  The agreement is available on the Village website under Documents.

Municipal Affairs requires all adjoining municipalities to complete an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement prior to the April 1, 2021 deadline.  They are described by the Alberta Government as follows;

Frameworks are intended to:

  • provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services
  • allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services
  • ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents

Administration in both municipalities have spent considerable time to capture and negotiate the details of the agreement.  An ICF committee was struck and met with the members including 2 elected officials and the CAO from each municipality.

Some important notes about the agreement include:

  • The agreement will be reviewed by both parties in 2023.
  • The 5 Villages in Vulcan County spent considerable time over the last year to standardize the agreements as much as possible to each have similar provisions.
  • With respect to the Carmangay and Region Recreational Board the following is important;

“In the most recent recreation board agreement, the municipalities agreed that recreation boards should undertake ten-year capital plans. To date, these capital plans have yet to be undertaken and the municipalities hereby agree

that they will discuss the best way to assist the Carmangay and District Recreation Board with this capital planning.

It is recognized that by undertaking ten-year capital plans, the Carmangay and District Recreation Board and the municipalities will be in a better position to pursue grant funding opportunities, including the use of municipal capital grant programs, and thereby lessen the immediate impact on local ratepayers.”

  • Vulcan County has agreed to a policy to provide $250,000 of in kind machinery and work as well as aggregate that can be accessed over the next 10 years.

By-Election Results

Congratulations to Doug Fraser, elected to Carmangay Council.

The vote results were:

Sue Dahl 33 votes

Doug Fraser 57 votes

Maureen Travers 11 votes

Thanks to those that ran and all who voted.

Village of Carmangay Becomes Electrically Net Zero for Municipal Infrastructure

Village of Carmangay Becomes Electrically Net Zero for Municipal Infrastructure

The Village of Carmangay, in partnership with Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, Federal Gas Tax Fund and Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative, has taken a major step forward in progressing as an environmentally and financially sustainable municipality. Mayor Stacey Hovde added “Carmangay is fortunate to be able to leverage an MCCAC grant to make our Village greener and a viable destination for new business.”

The project creates 145.9 kW of DC power or 213,765 kilowatt hours per year that is then converted to AC power that goes back into the electrical grid. The green energy produced, more than offsets all of the electricity currently used by the Village for its buildings and infrastructure. The additional electricity created will provide power for the upcoming electric car charging station that will be free to those that would like to visit Carmangay and enjoy the new restaurant, library and other amenities.

The total cost of the project was $380,000. The project was funded in part by the Alberta Municipal Solar Program offered by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, a partnership of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta. The balance of funding was provided by an Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant as well as the Federal Gas Tax Fund grant.

The vendor chosen to complete the project was 3B Energy from Lethbridge, AB. There are 384 solar panels mounted two high on three rows of racks. The solar panels have a 25-year warranty and even in the winter the panels will produce a significant amount of electricity..

The system is expected to produce an annual savings of $13,403, based on 2019 electricity prices. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre grant made the project viable and reduced the payback period to between 14 and 15 years against the 25-year lifecycle of the solar farm.  The payback timeframe will be reduced further when electricity rates climb.

The Village of Carmangay is a great choice for business owners and those wishing to enjoy the natural beauty, green energy, and growing list of amenities.

 

“The Carmangay project is a fantastic example demonstrating how, regardless of size, communities can leverage the power of the sun to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The Action Centre is proud to support projects in small and large communities. We look forward to seeing the savings come to fruition.” Trina Innes, Executive Director, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre

 

 

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Byelection Date and Time

BYELECTION INFORMATION
This is your chance to vote for the vacant Village of Carmangay Council seat on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Carmangay Senior Citizen Club between 10:00am and 8:00pm. You must be a citizen of the Village of Carmangay and bring 1 piece of ID with you.
To keep election staff safe the following requirements will be in place.
-Only 1 person at a time will be allowed in the building.
-Those waiting to vote will be required to wait at the front of the building to allow for safe entrance and exit out of the side entrance of the building of those voting.
-a mask will be required (there will be some available for those that don’t have one).
-each person will be provided a pen which they can take home to minimize possible transfer of the virus.
-hand sanitizer will be provided and the voting booth will be wiped down between uses.
A copy of this will be mailed with the candidates biographies today to Carmangay households.
The candidates in alphabetical order are:
Sue Dahl
Doug Fraser
Maureen Travers
Please come out and vote!

Council Update for Byelection Candidates

Below are the long-term challenges that are facing Carmangay that Council and administration have been trying to find solutions to.  It is hoped that this will help inform the public and byelection candidates and we move forward together to find solutions.

Focus on New Commercial Businesses and Invigorating the Home Market

There has been some good recent progress in building up the number of commercial properties in Carmangay from the time 25 years ago when it accounted for about 40% of the tax base.

 Residential Taxes  Commercial Taxes  Residential Taxes w Inflation  Commercial Taxes w Inflation
1994  $         62,830  $         49,888  $         99,623  $         79,102
2000  $       102,024  $         12,567  $       144,599  $         17,811
2010  $       249,820  $                  –  $       291,065  $                  –
2017  $       262,461  $         28,289  $       273,301  $         29,457
2019  $       258,284  $         45,205  $       258,284  $         45,205

This Council has held the line on residential taxes and the amount that the Village has collected has gone down in the last few years.

The number of homes has gone down by 20 in the last 2 decades from 160 in 2000 to 140 in 2019, which is a reduction of 12.5%.

 Number of Homes
1994 117
2000 160
2010 135
2017 140
2019 140

This means that the remaining homeowners need to account for this loss to support the cost of utilities as well as taxes for services and infrastructure.  Bare lots as well as properties turned back to the Village under tax recovery produce significantly lower to no tax and utility revenue.

Focus on New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings

Administration has looked for new ways to create revenue and keep residential taxes the same or lower.  These include;

  • The current Village of Carmangay staff have done water and sanitary projects for other municipalities as well as outside groups. This has provided some additional revenue that allows the Village to reduce the cost of its own work.  It is the hope of administration to continue to expand these opportunities.
  • The Telus tower will provide new lease and tax revenue to the Village of Carmangay of just under $10,000 per year.
  • The Solar Farm which is 100% covered by capital grants and will cut the cost of electricity to the Village by at least $13,000 per year and more as electricity rates climb. There is additional capacity as well that can be used if expansion of Village buildings or infrastructure is considered.
  • Working with the other 4 Villages to find ways to lower costs and get more value. These include online data storage for archived files, using the same accounting system as well as working together on hydrant flow testing and other infrastructure work.  This is hoped to be expanded moving forward.

The Focus on upgrading the Water and Sanitary Infrastructure

Carmangay has an aging infrastructure that has required ongoing investment of capital grants to start to remediate.  As an example, the pumping station pumps that were recently replace were from the 1970’s.  Some of the fire hydrants are from the 1950’s as are some of the sanitary lines.  The existing water plant is about 2/3 to ¾ through its lifecycle.  Additionally, the water flow of approximately 185 gallons per minute is far from sufficient for fire suppression which requires a minimum of 600 gallons per minute but should be closer to 1,000 gallons per minute.