(File photo)

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City of Lacombe lend its public support to the Alberta Regional Rail project

February 14, 2022

On Feb. 14 during a regular council meeting, administration recommended the City of Lacombe lend its public support to the Alberta Regional Rail project by sending a letter to the Alberta Minister of Transportation requesting the Government’s consideration of the feasibility of the Alberta Regional Rail concept. Council directed Administration to send a letter of support to the Minister of Transportation as proposed.

Council also approved the consent agenda package, which included councillor reports, administrative reports, commission, board and committee reports, the adoption of the previous meeting’s minutes, and the council mailbox.

The consent agenda also included the first reading of bylaw 494, supplementary assessment. The City levies taxes twice per year. The general tax levy is applied in the spring and is based on the annual assessments prepared as of Dec. 31 of the previous year. The general tax levy does not consider the portion of properties constructed and completed after Dec. 31 of the last year.

To account for these properties and ensure fairness and equity amongst all properties, the City also issues a supplementary tax levy in December of each year for improvements completed after Dec.31. The supplementary assessment is an incremented tax and only applies to the period from completion to the end of the year.

Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) – Progress Report

Joe Whitbread, DARP Committee Chair, presented a Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan Progress report to Council outlining the status of DARP priority capital projects. The DARP implementation plan contains a list of priority capital projects to advance and refresh its key goals and principles.