Leduc County responds to annexation decision
The Government of Alberta, by way of an Order in Council dated Nov. 22, 2016, approved the Town of Beaumont’s annexation of 21-quarter sections of land.
“While this annexation has minimal growth and financial implications to Leduc County, we are disappointed in the outcome,” says Mayor John Whaley. “We believe greater emphasis should have been placed on municipal collaboration and the principles of annexation.”
The annexation takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. The Order in Council provides a 50-year property tax protection period, which means properties will continue to be assessed and taxed at either the town or county tax rate — whichever is lower. This will change if the property owner proceeds with subdivision or landowner-initiated redistricting.