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Monday Dec 21, 2015

2016 Utility Rates Adopted

On Monday December 21, 2015, 2nd and 3rd reading was given to Bylaw no. 08.15 for the Purpose of Establishing Utility Rates. The Bylaw comes into effect on January 1st, 2016 which will see water rates increase by 5% and wastewater rates increase by 2%.

For the average homeowner using 15m3 of water per month, adoption of the bylaw results in an increase on water and wastewater rates of $2.49 per month ($29.92 per annum)

The Town of Drumheller utility service is fully rate supported and not funded through property tax. Annual rate adjustments are necessary to cover increased operating costs associated with providing the service and to fund future capital improvements which will ensure the Town has adequate emergency funds for unexpected costs.  

Mayor Terry Yemen said “this increase enables the Town to continue to work toward full cost recovery for our utilities.”

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December 1st, 2015


Council Approves Motion to Join the Central Alberta Economic Partnership

The Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) is an organization of 35 municipalities, 1 First Nation, and 11 Associate members in Central Alberta who meet and work together for the economic betterment of the central Alberta region. Member communities include Kneehill County, Olds, Sundre, Red Deer, and now Drumheller.

Up until now, Drumheller did not belong to a regional economic partnership and the Economic Development Task Force feels very confident this will be beneficial for the community. Advantages include professionally prepared economic indicator reports, networking with other communities, and the soon to be launched Zoom Prospector software which will enable prospectors to speed up the site selection process.

In addition, CAEP works with the Central Alberta Access Prosperity Network, a nonprofit organization that travels to key countries around the world to promote the region and to unlock opportunities for member communities. Through these foreign direct investment meetings, CAEP enables member communities to connect with investment/business opportunities interested in Central Alberta.

Over the next few weeks the membership process between the Town of Drumheller and CAEP will begin and is expected to be completed in time for 2016.

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For more information contact:

Cody Glydon

Economic Development/Communications

(403) 823-1320