Sturgeon County tax law scuttled

County residents may pay a little less come tax time this year due to an unexpected jump in inflation – if county council ever passes its mill rate, that is.

Council voted 3-2 against first reading of its 2013 taxation rates bylaw Tuesday. Councillors Tom Flynn and Joe Milligan were in favour, while David Kluthe, Don McGeachy and Mayor Don Rigney were opposed.

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Tax increase jumps as council approves 18 more policing positions

Red Deer residents are now facing a 4.29 per cent property tax increase following city council’s decision to add 18 positions to the police force.

After nearly three hours of debate so far on Thursday, council decided to add eight constables, six municipal employees and four supervisors over a two-year period.

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Intuit Canada relocating to Epcor Tower in downtown Edmonton

With its gymnasium, nap rooms and campuslike setting, Intuit Canada’s south Edmonton office has long been regarded a great place to work.

But employees were still pleased to hear that the financial and tax software company will be moving downtown to the Epcor Tower in the fall of 2013. More than 200 Intuit employees are moving from their location at 7008 Roper Road to the 21st and 22nd floors in Edmonton’s newest office tower.


Tax rate to increase 2.4 per cent; utility fees going up

Sylvan Lake councillors proposed a 2.4 per cent property tax rate increase for the 2013 budget, following more than 12 hours of discussion spread over Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 3.

Many owners will see a 1.3 per cent increase in their taxes because property values have declined since 2012, said Darren Moore, Sylvan Lake’s director of finance.


Budget predicts modest tax hike

AIRDRIE – Airdrie city council got its first glance at the 2013 capital and operating budget Monday night, but will have to wait another month before officially deliberating on it.

City of Airdrie Director of Corporate Services Lucy Wiwcharuk presented administration’s draft of the budget to council Monday night. However, before council gets a chance to vote on it, the budget will have to be vetted through the Finance Advisory Committee. There were several members of the finance committee present at the council meeting to hear the presentation.


Senator wants new Canada Revenue Agency head to rein in overseas tax cheats

OTTAWA — One of the first books a visitor notices in Sen. Percy Downe‘s downtown Ottawa office is one about foreign tax havens. His desk has piles of papers on overseas tax evasion, including a fact sheet — a Coles Notes version of five years of work.

He has been a lone actor for the most part, save for the help his staffers offer, but things changed in the last four weeks as MPs in the House of Commons began taking an interest in why not one fine, or one charge has ever been made public after years of investigating foreign tax evaders in one European country.

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