It’s that time of year again, when your assessment notices come out. In the next few days you will be getting your notice in the mail. It is very important for you to review any changes that may have occurred. If you are concerned with changes to your assessment and feel that it is incorrect you can appeal your assessment. The amount of taxes you pay are based on your assessment, so if your assessment increases, so do your taxes. You cannot appeal your taxes but you can appeal your assessment, so it is imperative that you study the assessment notice that you receive. If you would like to speak in person to the assessor, the Town is hosting an open house at the town office on March 30, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for you to get clarification on your assessment.
Climate Change Strategy
In my last Mayor’s Message, I spoke briefly about the Climate Change Strategy and the impending closure of the Sheerness Generating Station. The Government of Alberta was planning to release the details around the Climate Change Strategy in late January. To date we have not heard any release date. On March 3rd the Coal Association of Canada held a town hall meeting at the Community Center in Hanna. This meeting was well attended. Former MLA Robin Campbell spoke about the implications of the coal mine closure to our municipality, and also touched on how a carbon tax would negatively affect every Albertan. In closing he asked the citizens of this region to write both the Federal and Provincial governments expressing our concerns over the potential increase in costs and loss of jobs that these mandates are promoting. I would also encourage the residents of Hanna to do so. We need to speak up or the governments will assume that we are in support of the direction they are taking us.
Chris Warwick, Mayor