This Affects You!


This Affects You!

The Town of Olds strives to engage citizens when planning the future of our community. To help us understand your priorities on various municipal services we invite you to use this interactive budget simulator.

We've included charts, links and background information to help you throughout the consultation. This survey will use the average 2017 property value in Olds which is $317,310 to determine tax distribution but you can also view how your tax dollars are spent by entering your own property assessment value which will automatically update the charts. Your property assessment value can be found on your Property Tax & Assessment Notice or you can do a property search which allows you to view basic assessment information relating to any residential property in the Town.

The results of this survey will be reviewed by Administration and Town Council to guide budget deliberations and to assist with future planning. The survey is open until October 24th, 2017 and results will be available at www.olds.ca.

This affects you and we sincerely appreciate and thank you for participating!

Expenses

67% of your total property tax bill is paid to the Town of Olds to support local municipal services. Although the Town is responsible for collecting property tax, 33% of our property taxes are remitted to the provincial government to fund education and seniors housing.

Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Collection services are not supported by taxes. This includes Curbside Rollout Services, as well as Water and Sanitary Sewer Services which are fully funded through utility rates.

The focus of the Citizen Budget tool is on municipal services offered by the Town of Olds which are supported through the municipal portion of your property taxes.


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Council

Council includes the Mayor and six Councillors who set the overall direction of the municipality through their role as a policy maker. The policies and bylaws that council sets are the guidelines for administration to follow as it does the job of running a municipality.

Administration

Administration includes the Chief Administration Officer, Finance, Human Resources and Communications. The role of Administration is to not only support Council but to oversee and implement the strategic direction of our elected officials.

Operational Services Learn more

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Operational Services

The main function of Operational Services is to provide the required maintenance of all Municipal Infrastructure including roads, snow removal, sideways, lanes, parking lots, utilities, and fleet equipment. The Town works to ensure our infrastructure assets are maintained with excellence.

Please note: Water and Wastewater and Solid Waste Collection are not supported by taxes but are delivered by the Town through the collection of fees for services.

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Public Safety Learn more

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Public Safety

Public Safety & Enforcement include Olds Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP, and Municipal Enforcement teams. They protect, preserve and restore public safety through programs and services and provide education, compliance assurance and emergency/disaster response systems.

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Parks and Trails Learn more

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Parks and Trails

We know how much the people of Olds love their neighbourhood playgrounds, trails, parks and natural green spaces. The Town of Olds features over 100 acres of parks. This includes 18 kilometres of trails, 11 playgrounds, a Skateboard Park, Splash Park, Off-leash Dog Park, Disc Golf, and a vast amount of green spaces. The Town also manages and maintains the town’s cemetery, a peaceful and beautiful area to reflect and cherish memories. The Town of Olds is very proud to create and maintain the places that serve residents and visitors and make our community beautiful.

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Recreation Facilities Learn more

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Recreational Facilities

Recreational opportunities continue to grow in Olds. We work to provide the community with a wide variety of facilities, including the Olds Sportsplex, Olds Aquatic Centre, Olds Municipal Library, Mountain View Museum and Archives and several sport fields to keep the community active and enhance the quality of life we have come to enjoy.

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Planning and Development Learn more

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Planning and Development

Planning is responsible for ensuring that growth and development within the Town of Olds occurs in an organized, rational manner while maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Olds.

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Economic Development

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Economic Development

Olds is one of the most innovative and progressive communities in Canada and is a great place to start or grow a business. It combines the dynamic, entrepreneurial spirit for which Albertans are known with a genuine commitment to sustainable prosperity and quality of life. The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development is the economic development agency of the Town of Olds. It is a unique, community-driven partnership which includes five essential members: The Town of Olds, Mountain View County, Olds College, the Chamber of Commerce and the Olds Regional Exhibition. The Olds Institute and Town staff promote the existing business environment and work collaboratively with prospective investors, developers and entrepreneurs looking to establish new businesses in Olds. The Town of Olds is also a proud member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) which represents a broad cross-section of Central Alberta, including economic activities which enable the region to advance sustainable economic development
and compete more successfully in the global market.

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Community Development Learn more

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The Town of Olds is a fantastic location to raise a family or build a new life. We provide a wide range of family and community support services and work with citizens and community organizations to create a healthy and vibrant community. The Town supports the community by facilitating community-lead initiatives that encourage residents and visitors to celebrate arts, culture and heritage. Community building is achieved through collaborative partnerships such as the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development, Service Clubs, Family Community Support Services (FCSS), the Nu2U thrift store. The Town of Olds supports seniors by providing information regarding the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act. The Town, with support of community volunteers, operates the Sunshine Bus, a wheelchair accessible, subsidized bus service for seniors over 50 and physically disabled persons of any age.

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General Questions

Thinking about future priorities for the Town of Olds over the next 3-5 years, what do you feel should be the top five areas of focus?
"Thinking about future priorities for the Town of Olds over the next 3-5 years, what do you feel should be the top five areas of focus?"
Thinking about the programs and services you receive from the Town of Olds, would you say that overall you get:
"Thinking about the programs and services you receive from the Town of Olds, would you say that overall you get:"
Tell Us About Yourself

Thank you for providing your feedback! By leaving your name, phone number and email address you will be entered into a draw to win one of three Town of Olds Prize Packs which includes an annual family library membership, a drop-in family swim pass and a family bowling pass. Personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of the draw and will not be connected to your responses. Only winners will be contacted.

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

Collecting resident information ensures that submissions from residents of the Olds community will be considered. Input and ideas from visitors are welcome and will be considered as non-resident feedback.

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