(Metro Creative Connection)

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Seniors’ Week and other updates from the Town of Ponoka

New dock, splash park, property tax assessments

The Town of Ponoka invites citizens to join in the celebration of Seniors’ Week which runs from June 6 to 12.

In honour of Seniors’ Week, the town is hosting a celebration on Friday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ponoka Aquaplex with cake and coffee for all to enjoy.

“Seniors Week is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions that seniors make to enhance the quality of life in their communities,” stated a release.

For more information about Seniors’ Week, please visit www.alberta.ca/seniors-week.aspx.

New dock

The dock at the Lions Centennial Park fishing pond is was removed June 1 as the town says it has reached the end of its lifecycle.

A new t-shaped, floating dock has been ordered and will be installed once it arrives this summer. The new dock will have handrails and an access ramp that makes it more easily accessible to people with mobility challenges.

In the meantime, fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to cast their rods along the banks of the Centennial Park Pond. The pond was recently restocked by Alberta Fish and Wildlife with about 1,000 rainbow trout.

Splash park

Tthe Ponoka Splash Park reopened for the season on May 27. The splash park is located at Lions Centennial Park on Highway 2A just north of Highway 53.

It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Town of Ponoka washroom facilities also reopened at Lions Centennial Park for guests to use. The washrooms will be cleaned daily. For more information on the Ponoka Splash Park, please visit www.ponoka.ca/p/ponoka-splash-park.

Pride Month

As part of its commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive and caring community, the Town of Ponoka will recognize Pride Month. For the month of June, pride colours are being projected on the outside of the Ponoka Civic Centre each evening from sunset until sunrise.

Property tax notice

The Town of Ponoka 2022 combined assessment and property tax notices have been mailed or emailed to all property owners in Ponoka.

Citizens have until July 31, 2022 to pay property taxes without penalty.

The Tax Rate Bylaw No. 466-22, which was passed by town council in April 2022, sets municipal property taxes based on the revenue required to fund Town services approved in the 2022 Town of Ponoka budget.

After incorporating current property value assessments for residential and commercial properties in Ponoka, the municipal portion of property taxes for 2022 equates to an increase of about $23 per $100,000 of assessment for residential properties and $30 per $100,000 of assessment for commercial properties.

That is equivalent to a three per cent increase in municipal property tax revenue for 2022, which is required to help offset rising inflationary costs and ensure continued reliable delivery of essential services is supported.

Town of Ponoka