As part of the Town of Castor council meeting on Sept. 27, Mayor Richard Elhard read a proclomation declaring Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Castor. Kevin J. Sabo photo

As part of the Town of Castor council meeting on Sept. 27, Mayor Richard Elhard read a proclomation declaring Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Castor. Kevin J. Sabo photo

Town of Castor council highlights for Sept. 27

Thirteen properties in Castor will be going for tax sale before the end of 2021

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

Thirteen properties in Castor will be going for tax sale before the end of 2021.

Each of the 13 properties has been appraised and assigned a reserve bid value based on the retail value of the land.

“Some (properties) are bare lots,” said Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Robblee.

“Two of these are homes. The owner has until the day before the auction to pay these outstanding taxes.”

According to Robblee, the tax sales will occur towards the end of October or in November.

Deputy Mayor Tony Nichols motioned to send the properties listed to tax-sale, which was carried.

Budget update

“From a budget standpoint, we’ve collected most of our taxes that we’re going to get,” said Robblee.

“Most revenue accounts are above (more taken in), and most expenditure are lower (less spent). We’re about nine per cent under budget.”

According to Robblee, the Town is still short about $450,000 in tax payments, however the calculations are being thrown off due to the large number of people in town who are taking part of the tax payment plan, and that the number should drop by the end of the year.

“TPP throws off calculations,” said Robblee.

Robblee also informed council that the majority of spending associated with the Government of Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding which the Town receives annually is paid out in the fourth quarter of the year, meaning that the budget should be close to balance by the end of the year.

Garbage bylaw

Bylaw 1087, the Garbage Bylaw, passed third reading during the Sept. 27 meeting.

The bylaw defines garbage, waste, hazardous materials, and the like, sets out a weight limit for garbage bags, as well as setting a maximum number of bags residents can put out.

The new garbage bylaw states that a resident may only put out a maximum of five bags on garbage day.

When asked about the maximum Robblee said, “Our truck gets extremely full on Thursdays. If it gets too full, our truck has two make two runs.”

From a cost standpoint, each run costs the Town extra money, so it is attempted to keep the regular garbage day to the single run.

The bylaw passed third reading in a motion by Coun. Brenda Wismer.