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Assessment notices are mailed in March. If you have not received your notice by the end of March, please contact the City of Chestermere by calling (403) 207-7050. Assessment reports are also be available on the City’s website (www.chestermere.ca/webmap). Please review your notice carefully once you receive it. If you have general questions, call the City at (403) 207-7050. If you have detailed questions about your property, call the Assessor at 1-877-438-2305.
Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure to an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
In Alberta, the amount of tax a property owner pays is according to the value of the property (your assessment).
The City of Chestermere contracts Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. to provide assessments for our community. This company comes to Chestermere each year (usually in the spring/summer) to complete the City’s assessment.
Properties in Alberta are assessed using a ‘mass appraisal’ method, which is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, mathematical models, and statistical tests. Information is collected by gathering data from on-site visits (as described above), real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Alberta Land Titles, and financial institutions.
If you still disagree with the Assessor’s evaluation after contacting them, you can file an official complaint and appeal. Information about the appeal process is available at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.
Under the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate’s official agent is: authorized to incur campaign expenses and accept or solicit campaign contributions on behalf of the candidate; be present in the voting location on election day (unless a candidate or candidate scrutineer is present) to observe the voting and make notice of objection as to voter eligibility; and may be present at an official recount of votes. Other duties of an official agent are those assigned by the candidate, according to Section 68.1. Provisions for being at the count of the ballot may not be available as the City of Chestermere uses tabulating machines.
According to the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate may not accept an anonymous donation. If you have received an anonymous donation, your option is to return the donation or pay the amount of the donation to the Secretary of the City of Chestermere. See Sec 147.3(1)(j).
According to Section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act,
"(1) A person may be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person(a) is eligible to vote in that election,(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified."There are no other relevant provisions under this Act with respect to the residence requirements for candidates. The provisions for ineligibility to stand as a candidate are set out in section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act, which is available online through Alberta Municipal Affairs. Therefore, any candidate who has been resident in the City of Chestermere for a period of six months is eligible to be a candidate in the municipal election. Further, as candidates swear an affidavit as to their eligibility to stand for election, which includes their address, this is acceptable proof of the fulfillment of the residency requirements. In the event that the candidate is elected, any breach of the eligibility rules, including residency, must be challenged by you through the courts.
If you do not meet any of these conditions, your deposit is paid into the general revenues of the local jurisdiction or the appropriate School District. (Section 30, Local Authorities Election Act.)
However, you can only withdraw your nomination if the number of remaining candidates meets the positions in the race. For example, if you are running for Councillor in a local jurisdiction with 6 seats and there are only six nominated candidates, no candidate may withdraw. (Section 32, Local Authorities Election Act).
No. Alcohol consumption on a vessel is prohibited unless it was manufactured with sleeping quarters, meal preparation area (galley), a built in lavatory/washroom, and is moored for the evening.
Yes. Impaired driving laws under the Criminal Code extend to vessels in waterways, train operation, and aircraft operation. Possession of liquor in a vessel is also prohibited and subject to seizure and a fine under the Gaming and Liquor Act.
Yes. The portion of the lake North of the causeway has a speed limit of 12km/hr. The remainder of the lake has a 10km/hr speed limit within 30 meters of shore.
Yes. You are obligated to provide proof of operator competency (pleasure craft operator license), proof of ownership (vessel licencing), and must produce all required safety equipment. If you refuse to cooperate, the police may board your vessel to check for these items and if required order you to leave the lake. Violations for non compliance may also result in a court appearance and fines.
No. You cannot tow a person after dark.
You may only have as many people as you have seats which does not exceed the recommended weight for your vessel. This includes any persons towed by your vessel.
Yes, as long as you have a spotter on your PWC and an additional seat for each towed person.
** All persons who operate a pleasure craft regardless of age require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or in the case of a rental has received appropriate instruction **
Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 10hp (7.5kW) engine power.
Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 40hp (30kW) engine power.
Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision: May not operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
16 years of age or older: No horsepower restrictions.
In our province, a municipality must have over 10,000 residents in order to apply for city status. We reached that number in 2007 and continue to keep growing at a rapid pace. As a city, we are already larger than 4 other cities in Alberta.
The purpose is to gain more recognition as a viable place to do business which will hopefully attract more business and business tax revenue, easing the burden on residential tax payers.
In the 2012 community survey, the #1 thing residents said would most improve their quality of life in Chestermere is more shopping/businesses. In addition to providing more options to residents, having more businesses in a community means more tax revenue from the business property taxes. This helps the community pay for amenities like pools and recreation centres, with less burden directly on residents.
In addition, there are over 100 towns in Alberta. As a city, Chestermere is 1 of 18 and may have more influence when asking the provincial government for services like schools and medical facilities.
Examples of light industrial businesses include printing shops, auto repair shops, small equipment rentals, electronics manufacturing, and distribution centres.
Examples of professional services include lawyers, engineers, accountants, architects, banking, insurance, real estate brokers, etc.
The City of Chestermere will begin the regular development approval process with an Area Structure Plan and is seeking to begin selling parcels in the next 1-2 years. The City will require all applicants to submit high design standards to ensure that the development fits into the City’s high quality expectations. Once costs are covered, any profits from the development will be reinvested back into the community.
All parts of the development process are publicly available should residents wish to follow the progress of the development.
When the private sector is unwilling to do so, it is not uncommon for municipalities to pursue specific types of development themselves.
As no local developers have plans to add light industrial options in Chestermere, and the City of Chestermere was able to purchase the land for under market value, Chestermere has decided to pursue its own development.
This is the only piece of land the City of Chestermere owns (except municipal reserve lands needed for parks and schools) and studies show profitability for the area.
Council believes that providing bridging funding to the CRCA while they get their stabilization plan going is in the best interest of the community and will ensure that the recreation programs and services the centre provides can continue this fall.
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Seniors can contact Alberta Seniors and Community Support toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or the Ministry’s website for more information on:•Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program•The Alberta Seniors Benefit•Other provincial programs and services for seniors Ministry Website
For example, a taxpayer with a home assessed at $550,000 will pay approximately $17 less in municipal taxes in 2016 if their assessment changed by the average for the community (approximately 4.5% increase).
The taxes that an individual property owner will pay may be higher or lower depending on the change in assessed value of their property. Your individual property tax will be sent in early June.
This year, and for the next ten years, franchise fees will be used to make the payments for borrowing for the new RCMP building. With the franchise fees revenues, the City will be able to have a 10 year loan on the new RCMP building instead of a 20 year loan. This will save residents approximately $1.4 Million in interest because a lower borrowing rate was available for a 10 term and because of the shortened borrowing timeframe.
The costs for delivery of energy (electric and gas) to your home or business is approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission who ensures that appropriate pricing is in place for the transmission and distribution services you used (the wires and the pipes). In Alberta, you purchase power (electrical and gas) from a utility retailer who uses the available infrastructure (in the case of Chestermere delivered from either ATCO or FORTIS) to deliver energy products to your home/business.
Utility Retailers sell energy to households/businesses and are responsible for invoicing the household for products used.
For a list of utility retailers/distributors in Chestermere, please visit our Utility Services Providers page.
The goats are here to eat the weeds! Goats are browsers not grazers like sheep and cattle. They naturally prefer broadleaf plants like weeds and leave the grasses alone. They destroy the seed so it doesn’t get re-distributed. They are trained to eat certain weeds, you couldn’t do this with any old farm goat. Goats have special enzymes in their stomach that allow them to eat even toxic plants that would kill us and other livestock.
No, not while they are working, the electric fence could be on and the goats and dogs have a job to do. Please don’t tease the goats or pull the weeds away because the goats will learn to push and lean on the fence. The germs on your hands could make the goats sick so we ask folks not to pet the goats. There will be an opportunity for residents to attend an educational session with the goats. Stay tuned for that.
Where the weeds are extremely dense or are causing unsafe circumstances; the harvester operators may be able to do a “custom” removal of floating weeds, based on a site assessment. The viability of this approach is dependent on wind, water depth and the proximity of the harvester to other physical structures or the shoreline.
The City will select up to 15 sites to pilot test on the lake. An assessment will be based on accessibility (depth of water, presence of permanent physical structures) and the density and severity of the weed problem. Residents would also need to gather their weeds into floating masses and push them out to where the harvester could collect them based on a pre-arranged time for a pick-up – normally within 24 hours.
A typical pick-up would take from 30-60 minutes, once the weeds have been gathered in the water and pushed out to where the harvester can operate.
The pilot program allows for two pick-ups for the season.
Under no circumstances will the harvester’s cutting mechanism be operated during this pick-up procedure. Nor will City staff do any dock-side pick-ups or enter the water as part of this pilot project.
There are known locations where floating lake weeds gather. This is likely due to prevailing winds, boat traffic, shoreline configuration and physical structures. If the City can reduce the amount of floating weed masses in the lake by targeting these areas, this will hopefully improve the overall safety for everyone.
Garbage pickup in Chestermere is operated by Chestermere Utilities Incorporated. Please contact them at 403-207-7CUI (7284) or visit them at www.cuinc.ca. Garbage Pickup Schedule
A pesticide is anything that is intended to prevent, destroy, repel or manage a pest. A herbicide is something intended to prevent, destroy, repel or manage a unwanted plant.
Pesticide or herbicides are only used for weeds when absolutely necessary and when other treatments prove to be ineffective. Sports fields and Class 1 parks are the only areas that would be considered for this type of treatment.
By using appropriate pesticide selections for the issues presented, they can be used effectively and safely. Along with selection, timing of pesticide applications is also crucial in staying bee-friendly. Dandelions that pop up in the spring are bee’s first food source. Dandelion treatment is postponed until other plants flower in the spring in order to preserve this important early season food source for bees.
Cultural practices are used to combat undesirable weeds in most of our City parks. This includes providing optimal growing conditions for desirable plants by way of watering, fertilizing, aerating, and top dressing turf. Another cultural practice that was started is using goats to implement a targeted browsing approach for weed management in areas close to Chestermere Lake.
We do weekly monitoring of mosquitoes in areas that are typical habitats. If larvae counts, by way of dips, are within our action threshold, we will apply a larvicide that targets mosquito larvae while leaving other organisms unaffected.
We also implement other cultural controls such as removing standing water where applicable, and keeping grass mowed regularly. Residents can also help in controlling mosquito populations by doing the same thing. A few examples are changing water in bird baths once a week, ensuring the eave trough on homes are draining properly, keeping grass mowed regularly to make the lawn a less desirable habitat and removing any other standing water on their property.
With respect to City-owned property, we will typically not address dandelions unless they are causing considerable damage to the turf. Class 1 parks may receive spot spraying with herbicides when weeds exceed a threshold of 10/sq m. We usually use non-chemical treatments such as mowing.
Yes. Our Unsightly Property Bylaw requires that residents keep their weeds below 15 cm (6 inches). Residents can contact the City’s Bylaw Division for more information.
As per snow removal Bylaw 018-11, any ice or snow removed from private property cannot be placed on the roadway or boulevard of a street. Please shovel the snow and ice onto your property.
The Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPPs) is an optional plan is available to pay taxes by automatic monthly debit from your bank account. As a TIPP participant, you are not required to make an annual tax payment. Your taxes can be paid in monthly installments on the 15th of each month and adjusted automatically twice a year to reflect any tax changes for the current year.
The City’s tax schedule follows the calendar year. Since the notices are issued in the middle of the year your first 6 months of payments will differ from the last 6 months of payments. The first six months plus the last six months, will equal your tax levy. The credited amount indicated on your notice indicates payments you have made for the months of January to May of the current year.
The lake weeds multiply when they break up, float around, and then establish new colonies. A new plant can start from a tiny piece of an existing one. The most common form of weed in Chestermere Lake is the Northern Milfoil.
The City owns three lake weed harvesters and a barge which normally operate from July 1 – Aug 31 each year. The harvesters cut and remove lake weeds and other debris to ensure that Chestermere Lake remains safe for recreational and boating activities, and reduces clogging of the WID irrigation system. These mechanical devices are the best means to control the weeds as compared to using chemical or hand harvesting alternatives.
The harvester operators follow a set schedule based on the historical prevalence and location of weeds. Although they typically adhere to a regular “route”, picking up where they left off the day before, this route may vary depending on operator discretion. They also focus on floating weed masses caused by boat propellers or that come in from the Canal, and thirdly, on known dense areas of weeds.
The harvesters can only mechanically reach weeds down to a depth of 2 m. This means that the weeds still grow on the lake bottom. As such, this program controls weed growth during the season but does not reduce or prevent them from growing
The lake weeds are hauled by truck to the City’s Public Works Yard. The weeds are deposited, screened of debris, turned regularly for several months, and mixed with other soil to create good compost material. This compost is now available to residents free of charge, and is also used in City parks.
Every summer, the lakefront owners help out by collecting floating weeds and hand harvesting weeds on and around their shoreline. This task involves putting the weeds into recycling bins, to be picked up weekly by CUI. This collaboration ensures that Chestermere Lake continues to be a key recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.
On average, summers students spend about 2,040 hours in total on the harvesting program. This results in about 150 trailer loads, ultimately being converted into compost material.