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2019 Property Taxes


Reminder: The last day to pay property taxes without penalty is Friday, June 28th.On July 1, 2019, a 4% penalty will be applied to any tax balance/s not paid on or before the June 30 due date. Payment of taxes may be made at the County Office during business hours, online, by telephone banking at any financial institution, or payment may be mailed.If payment is mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by Canada Post no later than June 30. A postage meter imprint is not acceptable proof of mailing date. If the postmark is illegible, the actual date of receipt by the County of Northern Lights will apply.If you have not received your 2019 Property Assessment and Tax Notice, please contact the County Office to confirm your mailing address. This notice does not apply to tax accounts that are on the monthly tax payment plan.As June 30th is a Sunday, the final day for payments to be made without penalty in person at the Office will be June 28th.OFFICE HOURS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH: 8 AM - 3 PM and closed for lunch from 12 PM - 1 PM
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Mercer Satellite Yard Plan


The County of Northern Lights has received concerns from the public regarding the Mercer satellite log storage yard and the upcoming chip haul that will occur this summer. Although no plan can fully alleviate all the concerns that the County has heard, we have worked closely with Mercer to develop the best possible plan that will be implemented to support both the residential concerns and natural resource industry. These are a few highlights that the plan includes;
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Water Rate Increase


Due to the pending rate increases from our water source provider, the County will be changing its water rates effective August 1st, 2019. The rates are as follows:
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Evacuation Alert Status Rescinded- Residents of County of Northern Lights and Town of Manning


To Residents located in the County of Northern Lights and in the Town of Manning. At 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 14th, 2019 the Joint Emergency Coordination Centre for the Town of Manning and the County of Northern Lights RESCINDS the Evacuation Alert Status for the following boundaries:
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FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY RESTRICTION IN EFFECT


A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction is now in effect for areas of the County of Northern Lights outside the Forest Protection Area. This is consistent with a ban in place within the Forest Protection Area. All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued. Prohibited• All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.• Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.• Fireworks and exploding targets.• The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands. Allowed• Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified. • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.• OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands. The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.For updates and more information, please visit www.albertafirebans.ca   
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Cemetery Funding


The County of Northern Lights Council aims to provide for a fair and uniform response to requests for funding from various groups and organizations for improvements to Cemeteries located within the County boundaries. Grant funding may be requested up to a total of $1,000 per cemetery, annually.  Eligible applicants should have status under the Societies Act or the Cemeteries Act. The application deadline is Sunday, June 30th. 
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County of Northern Lights Bursary & Hometown Proud Program


The County of Northern Lights, in partnership with the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC), offers two bursaries of $1,500 each annually to students in the County. The successful candidates of the County Program are eligible for matching funds from the NADC. Considerations in determining successful candidates include academic standing, financial need, essay evaluation, and references.Download Application and Guidelines and the NADC Forms  HERE Application deadline is July 16th.
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Evacuation Financial Support


County of Northern Lights Residents who were in the mandatory evacuation zone may be eligible for financial assistance through the Government of Alberta. Please see full details below, or click here to access the Government of Alberta website.
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