Happy New Year, Ward 14!
As the days get longer, we will settle back into reality after what was hopefully some rest and relaxation with family and friends. Unfortunately, nothing says reality like your property assessment.
Your 2015 Assessment notice will be mailed on January 5. That date also marks the beginning of a 60-day period that is very important for property owners. The Customer Review Period is your opportunity—your only opportunity—to review and ensure the accuracy of your Assessment Notice. Your opportunity will end on March 6.
During this 60-day period you should check that all the details on your notice are correct. Ask yourself if the value given to your property or business is a reasonable estimate, and if it is equitable when compared to similar properties or businesses.
If you have questions or concerns then contact the City’s Assessment Department. If you see an error in your notice, there is a good chance that your Assessor will be happy that you brought it to their attention. So don’t be shy, because a quick call could save you making an official appeal. You can find more information at www.calgary.ca/assessment.
In order to settle back into reality you’re also going to need to get that tree out of your living room. If you can get your bare tree (un-bagged and untied) to a spot near your black cart collection spot by Friday, January 9 2015 at 7 a.m., the City will pick it up within 3 weeks. If not, you can take it to one of eight locations around the city. For more details, and the addresses of those eight locations you can visit www.calgary.ca/waste.
I was busy in 2014. I’ll admit that—due to a lot of time spent focusing on the City’s budget deliberations—I have not held as many Aldertalk sessions as I would have liked in the past year.
As I mentioned in December, the first Aldertalk of the year will be on Saturday, January 17 at Parkland Community Hall (505 Parkvalley Rd SE) from noon to 2 p.m., so please join me.
If you would like to learn more about Aldertalk then you should have a quick read of the content on www.calgary.ca/aldertalk. You will find a list of upcoming Aldertalk sessions there, and if you are interested in being reminded of upcoming Aldertalk sessions then you should visit www.calgary.ca/ward14 and fill out the Stay Connected form to sign up for reminders.
I hope 2015 is a great year for you, and that you resolve to let me know if something about the City of Calgary is bothering you. As in the past, feel free to contact me anytime.
-Councillor Peter Demong
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