2017 Town Survey

We want to hear from you!  Please click on the link below to let us know your thoughts on a variety of topics, such as housing, quality of life, business and community development.  It should take just a few minutes to complete. The survey will close April 13th.  If you “like” and “share” the page, your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win $50 in Esterhazy Bucks.  Draw will be made on April 19th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJSFL6R

If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact the Town Office 306-745-3942, town.esterhazy@sasktel.net

2017 Assessment Revaluation

Provincial legislation requires that properties in Saskatchewan be revalued every four years.  The last revaluation was completed in 2013, using values from January 1, 2011. For 2017 the base date will be January 1, 2015.  What does base date mean?  The base date is basically a date used as a cut-off time for the value of your property.  In order, for the province to determine values for all the properties in the province they have a cut-off date they apply to these properties for revaluation.  The province arrives at these numbers from real estate transactions as of January 1, 2015.  For 2017, residential properties are set to increase approximately 18% provincially, and commercial properties provincially approximately 44%.

All the properties across the province have been revalued including all properties in the Town of Esterhazy.  Your new assessment for your property will now show the new value as of January 1, 2015, you will notice a significant increase in the numbers from your previous assessment. Each municipality, including the Town of Esterhazy will use the new taxable assessments, apply a mill rate and establish the municipal portion of your tax bill.  Like the provincial government the town has the ability to adjust the mill rate that is applied in order to keep the municipal tax, fair and equitable for all properties within town limits. The Provincial Government sets the mill rate for the education portion of your taxes.

You will be receiving your new assessment notices shortly.  First, please keep in mind we will not be able to determine the effect these numbers will have on your property taxes until the mill rates have been set at budget time.  Please feel free to stop in at the town office and ask questions – we will do our best to explain the changes to you and provide detailed information.

There will also be an appeal process you may choose to use.  Once you receive your Assessment Notice you will have 60 days in which to appeal.  This appeal will be put before a “Board of Revision” who will hear your appeal.  Appeals must contain specific information in order for them to be given to the board, an assumption that the value is too high or too low is not an acceptable appeal reason.  Appeals are based upon an error in valuation, classification, the preparation and/or the content of the relevant assessment roll or assessment notice.  Again, please feel free to contact the office and we will be more than happy to provide you with detailed information for your specific property.  Another option you may wish to pursue is the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) website.  SAMA is the provincial government agency that provides all the assessment services for the Town.  You may wish to look at your specific assessment or others in town on this site at: http://sama.sk.ca/sama/ once you receive your assessment notice.

Change is something most people do not like, however in order to keep systems current and relevant sometimes these changes are necessary.  Please feel free to ask questions, make inquiries and let’s make sure the values are in line with other properties.  We look forward to working with everyone to ensure information is correct and we have a process in place that works for everyone.

I look forward to meeting with you to answer any questions you may have and discuss your assessments with you.

 

Donna Rollie

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Federal and Provincial Grant Funding!

For Release Immediate

January 12, 2017

The TOWN OF ESTERHAZY IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE

Federal and Provincial Grant Funding  in the amount of $1.2 millon!

Esterhazy— January 12, 2017Yesterday, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Donna Harpauer, Minister of Government Relations and Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, announced more than $38.6 million for 28 new projects across Saskatchewan through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding – more than $19.3 million – while the province is investing more than $8.9 million. Local municipalities are contributing the balance of more than $10.3 million.,

The TOWN OF ESTERHAZY IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that it will receive grant funding from the Federal Government in the amount of $840,000 and funding from the Provincial Government in the amount of $420,000 for improvements to the Sewer Force Main and Lagoon Planning Study. (SPS #3) This force main is located in the northeast end of Town near the Esterhazy High School.  In recent years with the amount of rain received the Town had considerable issues with the sanitary sewer system in that area and the ability of the existing system to handle the inflow.  The overall project cost will be approximately $1.7 million however, with the Federal/Provincial funding the majority of that cost will be covered with substantial savings to residents and a new system that will enable continued growth within the Town and alleviation of concerns the Town has had with inflow in that area.

Projects of this magnitude are handled through the Town’s engineers and will be tendered through Sask Tenders has been the practice previously.  Contractors will be recommended for Council’s approval and the project will proceed once that process is complete.

Mayor Spence commented that on behalf of Council he is very pleased to receive the support of the Federal and Provincial Governments respectively  “This is a huge benefit to all the residents of Esterhazy”, he is quoted as saying.

The Town applied for grant funding in 2014 when the program was first announced he advises that although we have had positive responses from both governments, it was not until recently the Town was advised this grant may be forthcoming.”

2017 LORAAS Recycling Calendar/ Garbage Collection

The 2017 LORAAS Recycling Calendar is now available. Click the links below for information as to when your blue bins will be collected this year as well as your garbage collection. Please also remember to put your bins out on the street right against the curb as this is the only way that LORAAS Disposal is able to collect the bins!

2017 Recycling Calendar

Areas 1 and 2 (Map)

Garbage Collection Schedule