Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LCTHBRIDQE HERALD-15 New colonies ease county tax burden By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor BOW ISLAND Three new Hutterite colonies in the County of Forty-Mile will ease the burden on county taxpayers, county school committee chairman Raymond Clark told 150 people at the county annual meeting here Monday. A ratepayer asked if it "cost the rest of the taxpayers money or do they save money by more colonies coming in9" Mr Clark answered, "I think the cost to the provincial government, as well as to the local taxpayer, is less. They don't have to build teacherages and they don't build schools. We make money at the present time because their enrolment is fairly high and we get a per pupil grant that amounts to more than the cost of paying teachers." Mr Clark said if the Hutterite school enrolment was low, which isn't the case, it would cost the local ratepayers money. He said the county and the Kutterian brethren are now working out an agreement whereby educating Hutterite children won't cost the county ratepayers any money. "The colonies in the County of Forty-Mile have been an said Mr. Clark. There used to be two; now there are five colonies. Another ratepayer asked if a couple of new colonies moving in would be supplied with a school Mr Clark said the Hutterite colonies supply the school building and the county provides the teacher. Said the school committee chairman, "I don't think there is any intention to centralize the Hutterite schools. I don't think we could, if we wanted to I don't think the Hutterites would allow it. I don't think the department of education would allow it Most likely that is the way it will be handled for two or three reasons Mr. Clark said the county and the Hutterites have not yet come up with an agreement, "so we can't be definite but I look for a little different policy Superintendent of schools Clifford Elle told the ratepayers that while school enrolment has been dropping off (it was in 1963 and 1.265 10 years later) it hasn't dropped as much since September as in previous years. "So maybe our enrolment has started to level out." said Mr EHe. In answer to a question, Mr. Elle said he thought the drop was due to a declining birth rate Another ratepayer wanted to know if it would be cheaper to absorb Hutterite children into present county schools. "We might have to add a teacher, maybe two teachers." said Mr Clark. "If we could absorb the Hutterites without adding, then it would be cheaper. But if not. then it might be more expensive." Mr. Clark said teacherages are costing the county more than they are earning in rentals. "There is a certain amount of subsidy. We are in kind of a bad situation, because if we didn't have teacherages we wouldn't have teachers. In the 01 living areas there is no housing at all. We have increased the rent 10 per cent each year so we are trying to bring it up approximately to the same ratio it is in other areas. Foremost and Bow Island rents are higher than Burdett, higher than they would be in the outlying area. I realize in Foremost the rents are fairly high. We are trying to strike a balance." He said teacherages enable the county to get a good class of teachers. But another ratepayer said "if they are going in the red, there should be some changes made." Mr Clark said rentals are from to per month in Bow Island, and in Burdett Teacherages were built last year for just over and now they would cost "In five years we will have our money said Mr. Clark "When we increase the teachers' salaries so much we increase the rents so much. We are trying to stay in the ball park Another ratepayer took a swipe at the policy of starting school a week earlier on Aug. '27 so students can get time off to watch weightlifting events scheduled for Bow Island in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. He said: "I was just going to say it will coincide with our harvest too. Mr. Chairman, I would like to leave a thought in these gentlemen's minds "Agriculture is about the only industry we have Therefore this hiring of special teachers, this starting school a week early this is kind of a trend. It might be high time we take a look at this education system of purs. It is costing us a few million dollars to keep the University of Lethbridge open. And we seem to be overtaken in our agriculture industry by a society that only teaches Grade 8." (The Fishing licences extended NATAL (HNS) All B C. hunting and angling licences, due to expire March 31, will now be valid until midnight April 30. The new licences will be available in April Announcement of the extension was made by James Hatter, director of the B.C. fish and wildlife branch. Persons not holding appropriate 1973 licences as of March 1, and who wish to hunt or fish during March and April, must obtain "temporary" licences from local government agents' offices or from the fish and wildlife branch office, 1019 Wharf Street, Victoria, B.C. Dr. Hatter said the extension has been made necessary due to extensive changes in licence fees, redesign of licences and an unavoidable delay in printing and distribution of new licences to issuing agencies. VERN DECOUX photos Hockey coach injured John Pass Red condition following Chapman of Blairmore, coach of the Devils hockey team, is in satisfactory in Crowsnest Pass General Hospital a level-crossing collision about 5 p.m. Monday with a diesel locomotive. Mr. Chapman was northbound on a side road in west Blairmore at the time of the crash. RCMP are investigating. Herald" District fingerlings Taber fish pond restocked Tax assessment methods blasted BOW ISLAND (Staff) County of Forty-Mile ratepayers Monday fired several blasts at the way land is assessed. About 150 ratepayers at the annual meeting here heard several citizens toss barbs at provincial assessment practices. Ratepayers not together on county fire trucks BOW ISLAND (Staff) Reeve Dan Vanden Berg and County of Forty-Mile councillors are not much further ahead in their effort to determine the best way to protect the county against fires. About 150 attended the annual ratepayers' meeting Monday. Ten put up their hands in favor of the county buying three modern fire trucks. Ten raised their hands in favor of stationing 10 home- made tank trucks throughout the county. One ratepayer suggested fire protection areas be set up. and charges levied, for areas favoring protection. Coun. Ed Torsher, speaking on home ground here, made an impassioned plea for better fire protection. "We are the only county in Southern Alberta that has no fire protection because we don't have any. Sure, we all dial the county spray trucks as soon as we smell smoke but Report your news to. that is not fire he said. Coun. Torsher said purchase of three new fire units, underwriter and fire commissioner office- approved, would cost ratepayers a quarter section for five years on a assessment. "I think that is pretty cheap fire he said. A ratepayer said the average assessment is not One of the major problems is availability of water. Most county areas are dry as a bone. Another stumbling block is distance. "We have made no decisions said Coun. Torsher. A ratepayer advised: "You are never going to get all the people in one area to agree. They just don't care. You .might spend on a fire truck and it will sit for years doing nothing but the day that truck saves one life it has got to be worth But I really don't see how you can go around the whole'county and get people to agree on spending (The county earlier discussed the possibility of stationing three fire trucks in three major They requested county councillors to question provincial officials about the necessity of having a general assessment every seven years. Every 10 years is often enough, said one ratepayer. Another ratepayer's motion was approved urging assessment practises be changed to not penalize farmers for land levelling. Assessing houses in hamlets on the same scale as a house in a thriving community like Bow Island is also inequitable, said another ratepayer. It was suggested councillors take the matter up at the upcoming convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties but one ratepayer said, "I feel this has got to go to the department." (Department, of municipal affairs) Secretary-treasurer Roy Wallman said the last general assessment was nine or 10 years ago. It is only good for seven years, then you have to get permission to extend its use "We are forced into it by the said a ratepayer. "Is it Answered Coun. Russell Scratch: "I don't really think, personally, it is needed as often as every seven years." "Why can't there be an explanation sent out so you know what the changes are for (in your asked another. Mr. Wallman said his office staff would have to check each individual assessment sheet a time-consuming job. Said another ratepayer: "I can't complain too much about assessment I certainly think they should change the rules of assessment because I think they are very, very Ski patrollers compete The Letkbridge Herald Correspondent in Your Am MONARCH MRS JACOB OEKKEH MOUNTAIN VIEW MRS W1AX1NE HANSON ).N ANTON MRS MAW8EHSON NATAL, B.C. VP PfUi. CHAtA NEW DAYTON MRS ElTONCUBLL MRS STEWAPT SKOW NOBLEFORO MRS GORDON LOCM1A 327-9541 653-2377 486-2322 733-2110 733-21M 824-3346 Contact ttWM pMpto tor your Dtatrtol Nowt or ClMSfflod Advertising Ski patrollers from three provinces gathered at West Castle Saturday for the Canadian Ski Patrol first aid and toboggan competition. Six teams and 16 men's tea.-ns British f'tJ-jmb-d and Saskatchewan tested their knowledge- of hrst aid and dt rescue toboggan-: over a one-mile course in ttte shortest possible time Lake Louise won women's tobaggan handling competition with a time of 466.7 seconds. The men's competition was won by Sunshine team No 1, in 223 seconds. Lake Louise captured both divisions in first aid, and walked off with both aggregate trophies. Tbe Lake Louise men's No. 2 team won the aggregate trophy with 1.943.1 points, and the ladies' team won its aggregate with points. unfair. 1 don't believe they are working on justice at all." He said in regard to irrigation land levelling, when a farmer tries to bring a certain piece up to the level of the lowest assessed surrounding land, the farmer not only pays the cost of the work but also gets slapped with an assessment that is higher than the surrounding land. He said the argument against this must be taken beyond the local level. Another ratepayer said: "The assessment is based the productive capacity of the land so why should there be a new assessment when the value of the land changes? One citizen took a swipe at assessing-by-photo practises. "I don't think those fellows had a clue. I think they just flew over and took some photographs." Others said the land productive value is not going to change that much in seven years so why the necessity of a general assessment every seven years? "I feel this is real said one citizen. "I feel one of the great mistakes is that assessors have never had their toes stepped on, never had a practical experience in the field." Regarding assessments in hamlets, a ratepayer said when the county advertises sale of some houses in hamlets it doesn't get a offer. "That is the true value and yet we are being assessed a couple of hundred said the citizen. He said an elevator employee, shown accommodation at Skiff, had said: "You couldn't pay me enough to live here." "And yet assessors are instructed to assess these houses with the same rule book as they assess houses in the town of Bow Island." Reeve Dan Vanden Berg promised to check-the assessment procedural with the department-of municipal affairs and alsial the annual counties and mDs convention. TABER (HNS) The Taber Fish and Game Association's trout pond has been restocked for the coming season, Richard M. Greenaway says. About fingerlings were placed In the pond last week. The pond was created about three years ago by the club in an abandoned strip mine on the northwest corner of the town. Members have been making improvements to it every year. The department of water resources branch in Lethbridge is designing a pond filtration system to eliminate coarse fish, such as pike and suckers. It is hoped the Ratepayers9 meeting set COALDALE (HNS) The annual ratepayers' meeting for the Town of Coaldale will, be held at 8 p.m. March 26, in the Coaldale Sportsplex hall. system will be in operation by the time the spring irrigation water is turned into the pond. The department will also be checking on the water level of the pond. It will maintain the proper level with a control gate. "One problem we have Mr Greenaway says, "is that the level varies as much as eight feet. It destroys shrimp eggs along the shoreline." Mr. Greenaway also noted that the local association is pressing for a trophy lake in southern Alberta, where fishing by line only is allowed. There are seven such lakes in the province but none in the south. "Pass rodeo association plans events this summer HILLCREST (CNP Bureau) Rodeo will return to the Crowsnest Pass this summer if plans of the Crowsnest Pass Rodeo Association materialize. Rodeo association members plan an early spring program of work to prepare grounds, chutes, corrals and other buildings at tbe Hillcrest Riding Club grounds where the rodeo will be beld. Ken Graf of Hillcrest is president and Ben VanLoon of Bellevue is vice-president. Memberships will go on sale March 20 and will cost per person. The association has received a grant of under the Operation Co- operation recreation program. Since the preparation of grounds and buildings will far exceed this figure, the association is inviting any assistance that individuals or firms may offer either financially or through labor. The association's address is Box 100, Hillcrest Mines, Alberta. RUMPUS ROOM Imported Plastic Laminate 4' x 8' sheets. 7 colors to choose from. Ideal for countertops. furniture and bathroom walls. PcrshMt 8 95 Z-BRICK INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR BRICK PACING Choose from 6 brick colors and 2 fieldstone colors. 50 Bricks per carton. BRICK Askrw .8 OO NOTICE of ANNUAL MEETWG MUNICIPAL DISTRICT if TABER Ml. 14 The annual meeting of the electors of the Muni- cipal District of Taber No. 14 will be held at o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday The 20th day of March, 1973, at the Canadian Legion Hall in Taber for a discussion of the affairs of the Municipal District. 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