In preparation for the move to bi-weekly garbage pickup, the City of Moose Jaw is offering residents a Composting Workshop on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Sportsplex. Residents are encouraged to recycle and compost in order to assist with bi-weekly garbage and to better manage the challenges facing the City’s Landfill. In support of composting, the City is also offering composting bins at a subsidized rate of $25. Anyone interested can make arrangements for a bin by going to the Engineering Department, 3rd floor, City Hall.
A report on the narrow streets public information sessions will be presented to City Council at an Executive Committee meeting on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The report is available for viewing on the City’s website: http://www.moosejaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/April-17_-2017-Executive-Committee-Agenda-Package.pdf#page=2 The report includes comments, resident survey results and recommendations for Council’s consideration. After considering public input, the report recommends reducing the number of streets selected for one-side parking. In addition, the provision for resident-designated permits has been removed. For further information, people can call the Engineering Department at 306 694 4448. This meeting is open to the public.
The City of Moose Jaw has received reports of children playing in and around the slumping area at the south end of Skipton Road on South Hill. The City advises that members of the public must keep away from this area as it represents a significant safety threat. We ask parents to talk with their children about the dangers of this safety hazard. If you see anyone, especially children, around these slumping areas, please call the Moose Jaw Police Service at 306 694 7605. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.
“The Budget Committee meeting that was originally scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled to Monday, April 10, 2017.”
The City of Moose has issued the 2017 Assessment Notices. 2017 is a revaluation year for assessment, so your assessment will have changed. Here are some things to consider when reviewing your Assessment Notice: The average increase in taxable assessment for commercial properties is 42.22% and the average increase for residential properties is 41.69%. So there isn’t any material shift in assessment between commercial and residential property classes this year. The City will remain revenue neutral overall which means the City will collect the same amount of tax dollars with these new assessed values as we did with last year’s values. This is before any municipal tax increases for 2017. The final amount of tax you will pay as an individual property owner will be dependent on how much your assessment increased and the tax policy decisions that City Council will make in the next month or so. Although Council’s tax policy decisions can affect the amount of tax a class of properties pay, in past reassessments, a rule of thumb is if you have an assessment increase above the average increase, then you likely will pay more in taxes in 2017. Council has the ability to shift the tax burden amongst classes of properties and will embark on a review of our tax policy and what the tax policy will be for the next 4 years in the near future. Most importantly, when our citizen’s get their Assessment Notices, it isn’t about how much your Assessment Notice increased, but rather it is about if they feel their assessments are correct or not. The best steps for them are to first go to SAMA’s website SAMAView and review their properties’ assessed characteristics. If they still have concerns after that, a visit to the SAMA offices at City Hall is recommended and then based on that information, they can make an informed decision about whether they wish to appeal their assessment or not. SAMAView can be found at http://sama.sk.ca/ You have 60 days to appeal your assessment and an appeal can be initiated by contacting the City Clerk’s Department.
The City of Moose Jaw is reminding the public that cankerworm season will be upon us in the next month or so. If you banded your trees in the fall, it is time to re-grease them now. The grease traps catch the female cankerworm moths, preventing them from crawling up the trunks of the trees and laying their eggs. If you didn’t band in the fall, it’s not too late. How to band a tree: All elm, Manitoba maple and fruit trees on or adjacent to your property should be banded Wrap a four to six inch wide strip of fibreglass insulation around the trunk – about five feet off the ground. That’s out of reach of pets and young children. Cover the insulation with a sheet of plastic wrap or cling wrap. Allow several inches of plastic above and below the insulation. A black plastic garbage bag will do. If you are using plastic wrap, tape the plastic to the tree with duct tape. If you are using cling wrap then the duct tape is not required. Do not use nails or stakes. Spread a layer of a sticky substance, such as axle grease or petroleum jelly on the plastic. Inspect the sticky material regularly and remove leaves, insects and other debris and reapply sticky material if required. Bands should be removed by mid-May and no later than mid-June. Removing the bands prevents damage or discoloration of the bark. Bands should be reapplied in September for control of fall cankerworms. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department or www.moosejaw.ca