Local briefs – May 13

The City of Red Deer wants public input on the level of city services available to citizens.

City wants public input on services

The City of Red Deer wants public input on the level of city services available to citizens.

City department representatives and city councillors will be available to chat at City Hall on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The city wants to hear what city services should be increased, what services should be maintained at the current level, and what services should be reduced to help establish the city’s strategic priorities and budgets.

The City Hall event, at 4914 48th Ave., will be held on the second floor. Coffee and desserts will be available.

For more information, call the city’s Communications and Strategic Planning Department at 403-342-8147 or email communications@reddeer.ca.

Man charged in robberies returns to court next week

A man charged with two armed robberies on Sunday returns to Red Deer provincial court next week.

Adrian Bradley, 43, of Red Deer, reserved his plea on robbing a Red Deer Husky gas station and attempting to rob a city 7-Eleven food store.

Court heard a suspect, armed with a knife, held up a clerk at the Husky gas station and made off with $300.

The suspect is alleged to have used a knife again in an attempt to rob the 7-Eleven later in the day but failed.

Bradley faces two counts of robbery and two charges of assaulting a peace officer at the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Bradley, who appeared on closed circuit television from the remand centre, returns to court on May 18 to enter a plea and possibly have a bail hearing.

Property tax notices for 2011 are in the mail

Property tax notices for 2011 are in the mail and city property owners should receive them within the week.

Property tax payments are due on or before June 30.

Taxpayers who choose to pay in a one lump sum can either make their payment in person to City Hall cashiers or put it in an envelope and drop it in the City Hall night depository located on the east side of the building. Payments to cashiers must be made by 4:30 p.m. on June 30. If using the depository, payments must be made by midnight on June 30. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked by June 30.

Early payments can be made with post-dated cheques.

Property owners who miss the June 30 payment deadline will face a six per cent penalty on the outstanding property taxes owing.

The June 30 deadline does not apply to property owners who are enrolled in the city’s Tax Installment Plan (TIP) as of June 15. TIP details are available from the city’s Revenue and Assessment Services Department or online at www.reddeer.ca/tax.

Property owners who do not receive their tax notice by Friday should contact the Revenue and Assessment Services Department at 403-342-8126 or visit the department, located on the fourth floor of City Hall at 4914 48th Ave.

More information about City of Red Deer property assessment and taxation is available online at www.reddeer.ca/tax.