The issue of offsite levies was on the agenda when Drumheller Town Council sat down for their bi-weekly Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, October 22. What exactly is an offsite levy?

"If you were adding a residential subdivision and that subdivision required water mains to be upgraded in the future to handle the load for the additional people, it's unfair for the existing tax payers to pay for that, so an offsite levy is collected by the municipality from the developer to be put away to pay for that extra requirement," explained CAO Darryl Dohomerski.

"Drumheller has had one since at least the early 1990's, but it's just a matter of updating it," he continued. "Are we collecting enough, are we being progressive with what funds we're collecting it for and are we spending it properly?"

He noted the levy rate for Drumheller has not gone up in the last decade even though the price for water pipe and things of that nature has.

"We're not looking to change a bunch of activities within it or costs within it, but to see whether or not we're actually charging an appropriate amount and identify the areas that these funds should be spent on."

Councilors agreed to a review of the town's offsite levies to make sure they are up with the times.

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