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Red Deer County will collect $100 Million less from ratepayers but council refuses to raise taxes during the economic crisis

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Red Deer County tables 2020 tax rates and program for tax penalties

Municipal tax rates held over from 2019. Deferral program postpones and reduces penalties.

At the April 28 Council meeting, Red Deer County gave first and second readings to the 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw, as well as a program that both defers and reduces 2020 tax penalties.

Due to the economic impact of the Covid19 pandemic, Council has tabled a zero rate increase on taxation from 2019. This decision comes despite collecting approximately $100M less in overall assessment.

Mayor Jim Wood commented, “Maintaining last year’s tax rate will still allow Red Deer County to provide a high level of service for our residents and businesses. Council and staff have found savings in various work programs. We are not interested in creating any more burden on the taxpayer than they already have.”

In addition to holding over the tax rates from 2019, Council approved a program that will defer penalty charges until October 1 instead of the usual July 1. The Bylaw also reduces the penalty rate from 6% to 4% for the 2020 taxation year.

Rates are as follows:

  • Farmland – 7.9460
  • Residential – 2.6816
  • Non-residential – 10.9465
  • Protective Services – 0.6500
  • Community Services – 0.0760

Special levies & requisitions are as follows:

  • Seniors Housing Levy – 0.0196
  • Prov. Education Requisition (Non-residential) – 3.9305
  • Prov. Education Requisition (Residential & Farm) – 2.6266
  • Designated Industrial Property – 0.0760
  • Policing Requisition – 0.0915

An Environmental Levy was proposed for 2020, but has been withdrawn to create almost one million dollars in further tax savings.

Council is once again eliminating tax notices under $25.00, as they are a burden on staff resources. Also, as per Provincial order, the assessment complaint filing deadline has been extended to July 1 from April 20.

Taxes continue to be due June 30. However, outstanding balances will not receive penalties during the three month deferral period. The County is strongly encouraging those who are able to continue paying their taxes in full or in smaller partial payments. Ratepayers have until May 12 to make comments. For more information, contact Red Deer County Centre at 403.350.2150 or visit rdcounty.ca.

To stay up to date with Red Deer County, visit www.rdcounty.ca or go to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Downtown Business Spotlight: Motion

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Motion! This business specializes in customized mobility and home accessibility solutions for clients of any age and is located at 4720 50 Ave. We sat down with Regional Manager, Trudy Russell, to learn more!

What is your business?

Motion is Canada’s leading provider of comprehensive and customized mobility and home accessibility solutions for a wide variety of clients from children to elderly adults. Serving communities in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan for more than 30 years, it is Motion’s mission to improve the lives of our clients every day with solutions that are delivered professionally, consistently and with integrity.

When did your business open?

Motion (formerly Motion Specialties) began serving the Red Deer community in October 2011. Previously located at 5301 43 Street, our facility moved to 4720 50 Avenue in the heart of downtown in June 2017 – an exciting opportunity to become a part of the Downtown Red Deer Business Association.

What makes your business unique?

The products and services we provide are truly life changing. It’s the difference between someone being bed ridden or limited to where they can go vs. getting outside, visiting family and friends, and continuing the activities they love the most. Our clients are people with important life needs and our caring and knowledgeable experts understand the importance of customized solutions.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Products include wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, stairlifts, ramps, ceiling lifts, homecare beds, and more. Whether a client is being fitted for equipment for the first time, is in need of an equipment repair, looking to upgrade their solution or looking to rent equipment following a surgery or due to injury, Motion’s knowledgeable experts are ready to deliver with the utmost of care and respect.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business? 

As it is Motion’s vision to make life accessible for everyone, this is top of mind when choosing a location for our facility. Clients need to be able to drive their scooter or power wheelchair, for example, with ease not only in our facility but in the community where we are situated, and Downtown Red Deer offers this accessibility.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

The buildings, including ours, have history and character; we were a Simpsons-Sears in the 1960s! Keeping Downtown Red Deer alive with the Farmers Market in the Summer, featuring local Artists sharing their beautiful voices, is always a wonderful event to witness.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… It’s an incredibly close-knit and supportive community that we’re proud to be a part of.

If you’re looking for a business that specializes in making life accessible for all, look no further than Motion. Check out their website and social media pages!

Website: https://motioncares.ca/locations/red-deer 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motioncares

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/motioncares/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/motioncares

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Third Aviation School coming to Red Deer Regional Airport

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From the Red Deer Regional Airport

The Red Deer Regional Airport is proud to welcome their newest aviation business to Central Alberta, the Canadian Aviation College!

The Canadian Aviation College is a designated training institution who currently operate from their main college in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and are happily transitioning a secondary location to the Red Deer Regional Airport. This transition into Central Alberta with both single and twin-engine aircraft will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta.

As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada. International students who graduate from their Commercial Pilot Program are also eligible for post-graduation work permits in select countries. The economic impact of students within Central Alberta is immense.

Students with the Canadian Aviation College will live within Central Alberta as they complete their studies, and this number of students will continue to grow year after year. These students are able to contribute to the local economy by eating meals, visiting sites, and contributing to daily activities and transportation. This addition to our local economy is vital in times such as these.

“Students are a huge economic driver for Central Alberta, and we are so happy to see upwards of 100 students here with the Canadian Aviation College as we look to the future”, says Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “The Airport has continued to remain busy throughout 2020, with essential service business and VIP traffic, and this addition of the airport’s third aviation school is a fantastic benefit to that economic impact.”

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