Sedley rink won't open this year; village contracts out appeals board

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The Village of Sedley has opted to contract out its Board of Revision services to an outside firm, should anyone choose to appeal their property value reassessments this year.

The move, which will cost the village $210, will ensure the municipality can fulfill its legally-required responsibility to have a board in place for appeals of property valuations by the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency. Property values as of 2019 are being used by SAMA in determining the taxable value of properties in this year’s revaluation, which then partially determines the amount of property tax land and homeowners must pay. Gordon Krismer and Associates have been selected by council for this role.

As many smaller municipalities can have difficulty finding qualified candidates to sit on a Board of Revision, contracting out this requirement to qualified property assessors or firms is frequently done.

“It’s a shame we have to do this because we’ve only had one appeal in 13 years, and it was my mom and it was a simple change because SAMA made a mistake,” Sedley administrator Samantha Gillies told council.

RINK OPTS OUT OF 2020-21 SEASON

Council was told the Sedley rink board has decided the indoor arena will remain closed for the 2020-2021 hockey season. A lottery license has been obtained for the rink board to hold a “chase the ace” game to raise money for the local facility. Ice dividers have also been purchased and ad space sold on them, raising over $3,000 for the rink.

Other meeting news included a note that the emergency exit signs at the Sedley Gym Hall will be replaced with modern fixtures meeting existing regulations.

A librarian is also still needed at the Sedley branch of the Southeast Regional Library, and new flooring will be installed at the local library, forcing a temporary facility closure on Feb. 1 and 2.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum