Every week Town Council selects a question they wish to have the public's input on.
The questions are live on Country 106.5 FM Mondays at 8 am during "Talk of the Town"and published Wednesdays in the Vegreville News Advertiser
Combined Assessment and Tax Notices were sent out last week. Are you aware of all the services you receive for your tax dollars?
Property taxes shown on the combined assessment and tax notice consists of general municipal taxes and policing costs (combined, the “General Municipal Property Taxes”) and taxes collected by the Town to satisfy requisitions levied by other entities, such as the MD of Minburn Foundation and Alberta Education. Those levies are outside the Town’s ability to control. The General Municipal Property Taxes represents the amount the Town collects from you to pay for the services it provides for you.
The General Municipal Property Taxes on a single family detached residential property in Vegreville with an average assessment $230,000 is approximately $1,903, or $5.21 per day.
Your General Municipal Property Taxes pay for:
Utilities, such as potable water, wastewater and storm management services, including
maintenance of approximately:
55 Km of watermains;
47 Km of wastewater mains; and
26 KM of stormwater mains
Solid waste collection and recycling services
Year-round maintenance of 108 km of roadways, including winter snow removal on priority routes
72 Km of sidewalks and pathway systems, including 11 km of walking trails
Parks and Recreation Services including:
indoor and outdoor recreation/sports facilities such as the aquatic and fitness centre, arena, outdoor arena, curling rink and ball diamonds
maintenance of 320 acres of parks and green spaces and 7 playgrounds
off leash dog park
Community Services, including FCSS and Vegreville Centennial Library, offering various community programs and events
Do you know how to make a report to Municipal Enforcement in Vegreville regarding a bylaw or animal issue?
You can make a report in person by attending the RCMP detachment at 4945 49 Ave Vegreville or by calling 780-632-7666. Community Peace Officers work out of the detachment and are available Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For reports on weekends and afterhours that require immediate attendance, such as dogs at large or potentially dangerous animal issues, you can call (780) 632-3439 for assistance. The vast majority of municipal enforcement calls for service do not require immediate attendance, such as parking issues, unsightly premises, or other property matters that are controlled by municipal bylaw.
When making a report it is important to provide your information for follow up and the location of the incident or offence. The Community Peace Officer may not be able to attend right away so providing contact information is important to assist with the investigation. Always remember that if there is a risk to life call 911
You may be thinking about doing some summer projects in and around your house, like a deck, a fence or a shed. Do you know what permits may be required?
Did you know??? Accessory buildings over 100 sq.ft. require a Building and a Development Permit, but did you know that structures under 100 sq.ft. still require a Development Permit? foundation type doesn’t matter, skid foundation (temporary) still require a building permit.
Did you Know??? All decks that are over 24” inches in height from ground to decking, or any deck that is covered and/or enclosed requires a Building Permit. All other decks require a development permit to ensure that the required setbacks are being met.
Did you Know??? A Development Permit is required to construct or rebuild a fence, again, this is the ensure that the fence is built either on or within your own property.
Did you Know??? You require a Building Permit to install a Hot Tub
The Requirements of the Alberta Building Code and the Town’s Land Use Bylaw are not put in place to make life difficult; they are put in place for your safety. These requirements even protect you when your selling your property.
Building permits and Development Permits are required for most major construction projects. These projects include new buildings, additions, renovations, alterations, repairs, relocations, demolitions, or the change of use in an existing building.
Building Permits ensure you are in compliance with the Alberta Building Code which illustrates safe construction processes and practices. These projects are inspected by a certified Safety Codes Officer.
A Development Permit ensures that the project you are putting your hard-earned money into is compliant with the location, type and size requirements that are within the Town’s Land Use Bylaw.