Friday, February 15, 2013 Vol. 7, No. 7 | 8 pages
Raptors bound for provincials RCMP address St. Anthony’s parking See page 3
Who are you? See page 4
Dragons looking strong for playoffs See page 8
INDEX inSide Opinions
Who are you?
Drumheller Midget Raptors Captain Spencer Fournier celebrates with his teammates after their stunning 6-1 win over the Kneehill Chiefs in their second and final game of zone championships. The victory means the Raptors will be heading to provincials in Coaldale March 21 to 24. For more about the Raptors, see page 8. inSide photo by Michael James
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inSide STREETERS A 30-year-old woman passed away from a heart attack, which doctors blame on her 10 litre per day soft drink habit. inSide Drumheller asks: â€œHow much pop do you consume?â€?
Jason Tessier â€œAbout one can of diet root beer a day. Nothing good can come of what that lady was drinking.â€?
Sarah Burnett â€œNone, I just donâ€™t like it. For my son, never.â€?
OPINION Council replaces business tax with added property assessment inSide Drumheller | inSideDrumheller.com
Michael James | inSide Drumheller
Businesses throughout Drumheller may soon see an end to their annual business tax. At their meeting on January 14, Drumheller Town Council defeated a motion to established the business tax rate for 2013 and directed administration to come up with alternatives to generate the same amount of revenue. The proposal presented at the February 11 meeting of Town Council was to replace the business tax by collecting the same revenue from the non-residential property tax. In eďŹ€ect, the Town would be revenue neutral with the change. â€œThis seems to be just a change in mechanism from something archaic to one that is more common. With things being revenue neutral, itâ€™s quite likely in many cases, business owners will still be paying a similar amount, itâ€™ll just reach them in a diďŹ€erent way,â€? said Councillor Andrew
Berdahl. The decision to seek alternatives to replace the business tax was made after surveying other communities and ďŹ nding none subscribed to the tax. In addition, the Town is aiming to eliminate noncompliance in regards to the tax. â€œWe did a poll of any community our size or larger and we found Calgary is phasing out their business tax, Edmonton and Red Deer have a section which is for revitalization of the business areas. No other communities our size have a business tax,â€? said Bill WulďŹ€, acting director of Corporate Services. â€œCurrently, the business owner is getting charged the value of the business tax. However, there is $23,000 (27 per cent noncompliance) outstanding that we cannot collect, because the buildings arenâ€™t owner occupied and we canâ€™t apply the outstanding tax to them.â€? Councillor Jay Garbutt agreed it was time to make the change. â€œWith 27 per cent non-
Town Council passed a motion at their most recent meeting to replace Drumhellerâ€™s business tax with an increase to non-residential property assessments. The change would have a revenue neutral
compliance, it behooves us to do something to make it easier to collect these outstanding fees,â€? said Garbutt. With the proposal, non-residential property owners would make up the diďŹ€erence. â€œThe downside is, if we add the revenue to commercial property taxes,
result for the Town, but would essentially pass the business tax on to property owners, rather than business owners. inSide photo by Michael James
the property will probably transfer the diďŹ€erence to their renter or, if the building is unoccupied, will have to pay themselves,â€? said WulďŹ€. The business tax was charged to business owners in Drumheller and was calculated as a percentage of the property assessment for the
building it occupied. A motion to direct administration to collect the revenue through the non-residential assessment was passed 5-1 by Council, with Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk opposed.
Hesketh-Orkney 4-H Beef Club
Sharon Garner â€œMaybe occasionally. Too much of anything is not good for you.â€?
Public speaking hosted in Carbon Lisa Van De Ryse | 4-H Club Reporter
Amy Bradfield â€œI donâ€™t drink any. Itâ€™s just too expensive.â€?
Mitch McNichol â€œAs little as possible. Less sugar means less chance of diabetes.â€?
Hey Drumheller. TheÂ Hesketh-Orkney 4-h Beef Club is having their public speaking on February 20, 2013 at the Carbon hall at 7:00Â p.m. Â If you would like to attend and you are not busy we would love to have you there listening and watching us.Â AlsoÂ a big thank you to Michelle Hoover for coming on January 20 and teaching us about what makes a good speech and also a big thank you to Dez Miller for coming and helping with our record books and giving us more ideas.Â Hope to see you on February 20 at the Carbon Hall.
Winter wonderland The Drumheller Valley was transformed on the morning of Tuesday, February 5 as dense fog filled the Valley, giving parts of Drumheller a haunting, yet beautiful appear-
ance. The fog made it difficult to see across the Midland Train Bridge. inSide photo by Michael James
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