Unpaid county firefighting bill added to taxes

Unpaid county firefighting bill added to taxes

County of Wetaskiwin councilors approve shifting unpaid bill

A County of Wetaskiwin landowner has agreed to have thousands of dollars in unpaid firefighting fees added to their tax bill.

The item was presented to councilors at their Apr. 9 regular meeting by CAO Rod Hawken.

“On April 29, 2017, the Buck Lake/Alder Flats Fire Department was dispatched to 55057A TWP 454, to extinguish a grass fire.

“The fire invoice totaling $5,600 was mailed on August 8, 2017, a letter was sent October 7, 2017, another letter was sent December 15, 2017 when the Accounts Manager position changed, a registered letter was sent January 18, 2018, civil claim was filed February 13, 2018, request for noting in default was filed March 21, 2018.

“On April 5, 2018 a registered letter was sent to the Administrator for the Estate and arrangements were made for a payment plan.

“To date $600 has been paid toward the account and the Administrator for the Estate has now requested the outstanding amount be added to the tax roll. The Administrator for the Estate is in the process of settling the estate.”

Councilors unanimously agreed to move the unpaid firefighting bill to the tax bill.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca