MV County Council Approves 1% Mill Rate Increase, Defers Power Line Twinning Decision

Hear from Mountain View County Reeve Bruce Beattie regarding a couple of the highlights from the Wednesday, April 10th regular council meeting.

Mountain View County's 2019 tax rate bylaw was approved by council on Wednesday, April 10th.
Reeve Bruce Beattie says it calls for a 1 per cent mill rate increase across all assessment categories.
Beattie talks about the county's reserves and funding for projects.
Beattie adds, there has consistently been either a 1 or 2 percent increase in the tax rate over the last number of years to keep in line with inflation.
Meantime, Mountain View County deferred a decision on the twinning of a Fortis distribution line.
The power line twinning would provide power to one of the cannabis facilities in Olds.

Reeve Bruce Beattie says the expansion would bring additional power to the industrial park in the southeast portion of the town of Olds.

He says council deferred the decision for now, but they do not want to hinder economic development and have asked Fortis to come back with a different proposal.

Mountain View County council also proposed an underground line, which is quite a bit more expensive.

According to Beattie, council is trying to reduce the impact on residents. He says from a safety perspective and policy, as having power poles on both sides of the road is something Mountain View County does not support.

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