Drumheller taxpayers are getting a break from Town Hall this year, but it could be the last time unless things change for the better provincially.
That warning from Mayor Terry Yemen after town council approved a new residential mill rate with no increase in the municipal part of your taxes. That does not include increases in the education tax and seniors requisition, which are not set by the town.
"The seniors requisition has gone up again, so that will be reflected, but you have to remember that's not part of the taxes," he cautioned 99.5 Drum FM. "The Town of Drumheller is responsible to collect, but it's just money in, money out, they collect it and then it goes to the Seniors Foundation."
That particular part of the tax bill rises by just over four per cent this year, but the total effect on a $200,000 property is just over eight dollars for the entire year. That said, Yemen is concerned about the future.
"We're talking about a carbon tax that everybody is being affected by. There's so much that is being downloaded from the provincial government to the municipalities there's going to be a tipping point where we just have to say stop or we're going to be looking at some drastic increases in taxes or perhaps loss of services."
Yemen said Drumheller and other municipalities have asked the province to exempt them from the carbon tax, but to no avail.
"Next year if it's status quo or if it's a little worse than it is right now, certainly I can't see a zero (per cent tax hike) and if there was a zero there would have to be some sort of service cut with it."