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City assessors checking homes in newly annexed areas

It’s time for the city to get to know its newest residents. Assessors will be heading out to the new Rural Service Area to take a look at the homes brought in through annexation.

They’ll be doing interior and exterior inspections to verify the assessment information given to them by the County of Grande Prairie. All workers will carry photo ID and business cards.

At Monday’s meeting, city council approved nearly $2.6 million provide basic services to the annexation area. The funds will cover things like snow removal equipment, RCMP service, pest control and bridge replacements. $100,000 will also go towards developing an area structure plan.

The money is being drawn from the financial stabilization fund. It wasn’t included in the 2016 operating budget and capital plan as annexation only came into effect in the new year. Going forward the cost should be $1.4 million annually.

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