(Lacombe Express file photo)

(Lacombe Express file photo)

Lacombe County extends Mirror development incentive program

Program provided tax breaks to new or expanding businesses in hamlet

Lacombe County is continuing a development incentive grant in Mirror for another five years.

The three-year pilot program, which offers new or expanding businesses a break on their municipal taxes, was to expire this year.

County planner and development officer Peter Duke said the program has proved successful, with three businesses — a diner, dog groomer and auctioneer — taking the county up on its offer so far.

The total amount in taxes they saved was $1,261.

Coun. Brenda Knight said the owner of the dog grooming business built a new house in Mirror. The addition of their house property taxes likely more than offset what the county gave up in business taxes, she said.

Planning services director Dale Freitag said there has not been requests from other hamlets for similar incentive programs, because those communities have few commercial or industrial companies.

If there was interest in other hamlets, staff could bring an expansion of the program to council, he said.