LEASE EXTENSION INFORMATION inc. Head Lease and Amendment to Lease

LEASE EXTENSION INFORMATION –

Head Lease document  1974 head lease (2)   Amendment to the Lease  1977 amendment lease

LEASE EXTENSION  UPDATE – April 18, 2016

A Community Café was held March, 21th.  Thank you to all residents who took the time to attend and ask questions.

In a letter to Council dated March 8th, Larry Crane Sr., Taxation Coordinator for the Tsuut’ina Nation, explained that the Property Taxation Bylaws had not yet been passed by Chief and Council and as a result would not be put into effect until the 2017 taxation year. Therefore, taxation collection will continue to be managed by the Townsite of Redwood Meadows for 2016.

Come out and speak to Council and the Lease Committee at the Next Community Café which will be held on the 25th of April 2016 at 7:00pm.

If you have questions or comments, please forward them to lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

For Lease Updates, Please watch for new information in the following places: On the website under the title LEASE, in THE CHATTER, and in the UPDATER.

LEASE UPDATE February 23rd, 2016

A Community Café was held January, 25th. The next two cafés will be February 25th and March 21st a 7pm.

Professional Services:

Paul Favel, QC from McKercher LLP has been retained to aid in lease and taxation discussions with the Tsuut’ina Nation.

Julia Kennedy-Francis, an experienced consultant who is extremely familiar with First Nations Taxation and Land Code Legislation as well as working with First Nations and government, was hired in December to assist the Lease Committee with the Lease Renewal process.

Lease Meetings:

Council continues to meet regularly with the Tsuut’ina Nation and is in the process of finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding with the nation in regards to taxation for the 2016 calendar year. In addition, the second official Lease Meeting was held on December 16th at 9:00 am at the Tsuut’ina Council Chambers. A commitment was made by both parties to move forward with lease renewal talks.

Come out and speak to Council and the Lease Committee at the next Community Café which will be held on Thursday, February 25th and Monday, March 21st at 7:00pm.

 

If you have questions or comments, please forward them to lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

 

For Lease Updates, Please watch for new information in the following places: On the website under the title LEASE, in THE CHATTER, and in the UPDATER.

 

LEASE UPDATE DECEMBER 2, 2015

Community Café, November 19:

A Community Lease Café was held on November 19th. Thank you to all who attended. Below is an overview of the topics covered in the café:

 

  1. The Tsuut’ina Nation Proposed Taxation Bylaw – FNFMA
    1. The Tsuut’ina First Nation has had the authority to collect property tax since 1977 and originally collected Redwood Meadows’ property tax until the commencement of the Administration Agreement in 1988. On October 21st, representatives from the Tsuut’ina First Nation presented a new proposed bylaw (Property Tax Bylaw and Property Assessment Bylaw) that will replace their original bylaw.
    2. As per requirements, the Redwood Meadows Town Council sent a formal response following the October 21st presentation, outlining concerns and questions that we felt needed to be addressed. CLICK HERE to see the letter.
    3. The numbers given as examples of a tax increase (chart illustrating comparable communities) at the presentation by the Tsuut’ina Taxation Committee in the October 21st Presentation were inaccurate. This issue has been addressed between the Redwood Meadows Taxation Committee and the Tsuut’ina Nation Taxation Committee.
    4. The Redwood Meadows Taxation Committee has been meeting by-weekly with the Tsuut’ina Taxation Committee in order to work together to create a smooth transition.
    5. The goal for both committees is to keep the process of taxation as similar as possible to what it is currently in place.
  1. Property Assessment/Taxation Notice
    1. Whereas in past years the property assessment and taxation notice were combined into one notice, we will likely be moving to two notices
    2. A property taxation assessment is expected to go out earlier (February/March)
    3. The Taxation Notice is expected to go out in April
  2. Education Tax
    1. Deputy Mayor, Paul Sawler met with the Chief of Staff of Municipal Affairs in early November to discuss Redwood’s education tax portion and who would collect this tax. He also brought up the issue of Redwood Meadow’s municipal status. Council is awaiting an in depth response to these queries.
  3. Administration Agreement
    1. The agreement will be an agenda item at the next Joint Taxation Committee Meeting
    2. Council has sought legal advice as to the viability of the agreement in relation to the revised taxation bylaw
  4. Lease Progress:
    1. Taxation is on a tight timeline and has taken precedence at the moment
    2. The Joint Taxation Committees have been working very well together and continue to move forward at a rapid pace
    3. The Tsuut’ina Nation Committee is committed to working with Redwood Meadows to ensure a smooth transition going forward
    4. Mayor Erasmus continues to meet informally with various Tsuut’ina Nation Councilors and key players including Chief Whitney
    5. Council has a meeting scheduled on December 1st with the Tsuut’ina Taxation Committee
  5. Community Input/Questions/Comments (Council will be working to provide answers to these questions)
    1. Who will handle appeals to property assessments?
    2. Will there be two assessments? One for property tax and one for education tax?
    3. What is the long-term vision for Redwood Meadows from Tsuut’ina Nation’s perspective?
    4. In the terms of the head lease, funds were to be set aside for improvements and repairs to infrastructure. How is this being handled?

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Please watch the Updater, Chatter and Signs for the date of the next Lease Café which will be in January.

 

August 31st

On July 17th, members of the Council Lease Committee, Ed Taaffe, Dara-Lee Snow, and Liz Erasmus, met with members of Tsuut’ina Nation, making it our first official meeting regarding the lease extension. This was a positive first meeting and it was determined that we would work together on three key areas: property and taxation, the administration agreement, and infrastructure.

We would like to thank everyone who has contacted Council via our “lease” email and we encourage others to contact us if you are interested in helping out. We will be holding a meeting in September at Redwood House for those interested. Please email lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca.

In addition, on Wednesday, August 26, members of the Finance Committee, the Mayor and the Townsite Administration met with Larry Crane, Taxation Coordinator for the Tsuut’ina Nation, in regards to the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNFMA). Mr. Crane informed us that, similar to the process involved for the FNLMA (First Nations Land Management Act), The Nation will be sending out Notices of the Proposed Tsuut’ina Nation Property Taxation Law on September 1st to all parties with interests in/on The Nation’s Land. The Notices are an invitation to make representation and a notice of the public meetings that will be held to review the new taxation laws. These notices will be sent out to Citizens of the Tsuut’ina Nation, Residents of Redwood Meadows and will be posted in major newspapers to the general public at large.

The local public meeting is scheduled for 7pm on October 21st at Redwood House.

 

May 13th

Town Council anticipates the initial lease discussion meeting between Redwood Meadows and The Tsuu T’ina Nation will be held within the next week. In addition, there has been ongoing communication between Mayor Erasmus and Chief, Council and CEO, Mr. Peter Manywounds of the Tsuu T’ina Nation.

 

If you have questions and/or are interested in participating in the Redwood Meadows Lease Advisory Group, please email lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

 

April 27th

Due to tragic circumstances on the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the initial meeting between the Tsuu T’ina lease committee and the Redwood Meadows committee has been rescheduled. As such, there have been no new developments in the lease extension talks with the Tsuu T’ina Nation.

 

If you are interested in being a part of the Redwood Meadows Lease Advisory Group, please send your information to: lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

 

April 9th, 2015

There have been no new developments in the lease extension talks with the Tsuu T’ina Nation. If you are interested in being a part of the Redwood Meadows Lease Advisory Group, please send your information to: lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

March 22nd, 2015

After the information session led by Mr. Peter Manywounds, CEO of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, held on the evening of February 10, 2015 at Redwood Meadows House, council has been busy preparing for lease extension talks with the nation.

 

Due to tragic circumstances on the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the initial meeting between the Tsuu T’ina lease committee and the Redwood Meadows committee has been rescheduled.

 

As of March 22, 2015:

  1. Redwood Meadows has been informed that Chief Whitney has selected the Nation’s lease committee and Council is awaiting an official letter from the chief identifying those individuals.
  2. The Lease Committee representing the Townsite will consist of the mayor, a councillor, a recorder and a professional negotiator with extensive First Nation experience.
  3. Mayor and council have met with both our local MP (John Barlow) and MLA (Bruce McAllister) to apprise them of upcoming lease discussions.
  4. Present and previous councils have worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure that Redwood Meadows would be prepared in the event the Tsuu T’ina Nation was amenable to engaging in discussions.
  5. Council is in the process of solidifying a communication plan and look forward to engaging community members in meetings, focus groups and through emails and updates.
  6. As part of the communication plan, a Community Advisory Group will be formed with interested parties in Redwood Meadows. Thank you to those community members who have already stepped forward to offer services and/or information. Council will be contacting you in the next few weeks.

 

Please watch for regular updates on the lease extension/negotiation process in the following places:

  1. On the website under the title LEASE.
  2. In the chatter in the COUNCIL UPDATE.
  3. In the UPDATER when information needs to be relayed to residents in a timely fashion.
  4. All questions can be directed to lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca – however before sending the email, check the website for the LEASE FAQs section as your question may have already been answered.

Please submit any question on the lease to

lease@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca

 

Purchase of Leasehold Agreement *NOTE* (sample only: Names,Lot numbers and Price may vary)

 

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