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RM of Piapot held its monthly meeting on June 8th at Piapot. Present were Councillors, Lorne Kusler, Clay Moorhead, Kelly Bertram, Harvey Baker, Doug Casey, Graham Markert, Road Foreman Billy Noble, Administrator Jenny Robinson and myself, Reeve John Wagner.
The division reports entailed mowing, grading side roads, gravelling, potholes that need repair and need for some approaches. We have done no 7/8 inch gravelling out of the Scott Pit because we don’t have any. The 7/8 inch gravel will come as soon as the crusher gets to the pit. TK Crushing from Gull Lake hoped to be here by the last week in June. The rains are causing them delays, but they are coming. This whole deal was a glitch that will not happen again, you learn from your mistakes, don’t go with the unknown unless you have solid evidence that they can do the job and state a specific date for completion so that when the date comes and the work is not done you can take other actions. Live and learn. TK had offered to come to the Scott Pit for us last fall; however we were still in the other contract that stated fall of 2015, which is until December 1st, 2015 so we had to pass. We decided that when TK Crushing does get to the pit we would increase the crush from 30,000 to 40,000 cu. yards as close to 10,000 yards would be going out this year. They have agreed to the 40,000. For the time being in some of the bad areas on the Sidewood Grid we are using 1.5 inch gravel as a temporary fix.
Council will be creating a list of jobs to be done and will have Billy report on that at each meeting. This is so things are not forgotten and we see what progress there is. We recognize that not having gravel is a problem, however we have a number of major holes in grids that have to be built up with clay based product and the 1.5 inch can be used short term in those spots. Our crew will be working on it, we either have to flag them or fix them as they are getting dangerous. They have been there so long people have named them, so fixing is definitely the best option.
The tenders were opened for the Case 2096 tractor the RM had for sale. I left the meeting as my son Brett Wagner had a tender in for the tractor. Upon my return I was told that there were two tenders and Brett’s was the highest at $4157 and they accepted the tender.
Council had a request for a donation of gravel to the Murraydale Stampede & Society. They are building a new road into Murraydale. Maple Creek RM was donating some gravel, Koncrete Construction was donating trucks and a loader and they wondered if we would donate. Council decided to donate 100 yards of 7/8 inch gravel. The Murraydale rodeo arena is now fenced out of the rest of the quarter and the new road allows direct access.
We paid the final bill on the Maple Creek Health Facility for $10,325. This should be it for the monies owed on that project. I am not familiar with the hospital component of the facility, however I have friends in the long term care part and it certainly is a pleasant place to visit and has a country home atmosphere. Seldom visit in the rooms anymore, generally out in the central area where there are different things going on.
I reported on a meeting I attended in Regina on May 20th. At the SARM Midterm Convention we had a resolution regarding incinerators and asked to meet with the Ministry of Enviroment regarding the process or lack thereof for setting up a pilot project. Subsequennt to that Lorne Kusler and I attended a meeting in Fox Valley of over 20 towns, villages and RM’s that are interested in an incinerator pilot project. Morgan Powell, Reeve of Miry Creek has been working on this project for years. Morgan has found a manufacturer in Georgia, who makes a 2 tonne incinerator, which burns in two stages. The garbage is burnt, then the smoke is reburnt at 1800 degrees F. This is similar to emission systems on vehicles that do a reburn. The manufacturer is willing to donate Morgan an incinerator for a test pilot project. The distributor in Manitoba is willing to pay the freight to have one delivered and the Town of Maple Creek is willing to allow the test project at their landfill.
SARM set the meeting up with three representatives from the Ministry of Environment. Barry Rudd from Maple Creek, Morgan Powell from Miry Creek, myself from Piapot, SARM board members and executive plus our MLA Doug Steele attended the meeting to go over a possible incinerator pilot project. Although the ministry was not what I would call enthusiastic they have come a long way from the former position of over their dead body would there ever be an incinerator in Saskatchewan. What they agree to is that if we can find people in the USA that are qualified to do the initial testing they are willing to accept their results. Further to that if the incinerator passes initial testing the pilot project would be allowed to proceed and would be monitored plus further general testing by the Ministry.
At this time Morgan has found a firm in the USA that is capable of doing the testing and is currently submitting their qualifications to the Ministry for their approval. Cost will be around $48,000 Canadian for the testing. Once he gets the go ahead we will set up another meeting to come up with an agreement to pay for the testing. We actually have other municipalities in the SW asking if they could join in and assist in paying for the testing. That will all happen once we get word from Morgan.
The incinerators are not a new idea. Japan incinerates almost 90% of their garbage. They incinerate over 35 million tonnes per year and have dropped the dioxin emissions from 7,432 grams per year in 1997 to 135 grams per year in 2008. The technology is there it is just a matter of setting reasonable guidelines and parameters. We have entrepreneurs in this province that are capable of building this once they know what they are trying to achieve. I was talking to Richard Ehret from Magnum Welding on a different issue, mentioned incinerators and you could almost hear the wheels turning in his mind. We have the talent to do it here however no manufacturer wants to get into a $100,000 standoff with the ministry. Enough said as I am starting to express my view and not necessarily the view of council.
The Bear Creek 4H did 10 miles of ditch cleanup for which we pay $1000. The cleanup went well and it is a great opportunity for the 4H kids and the parents to work together. It sounds like they had fun doing it. This will happen annually, and is ongoing. We have a couple of these scenarios, $2000 annually to the Armouries in Maple Creek, which serves as a regional facility and $200 annually to Pine Cree Regional Park that is not in our RM but close to our SE boundary and is used by RM ratepayers.
Council changed the weight limit on the bridge at Leigh and Cassey Portz. The original report suggested 3 tonnes however after talking to the engineer they suggested that the bridge would have no problem with 10 tonnes and that is what we changed it to.
One other thing we changed was the fencing policy. We used to pay $900 per mile to take fence down; we moved that up to a $1000. Putting the fence up again remains at $2500 per mile.
APAS is pleased to offer the Youth Leadership & Mentorship Program (YLMP) for 2016-17. During the 10 months YLMP mentees will have the opportunity to work with a mentor, to attend the APAS District, Committee and Annual General Meetings, participate in the CFA AGM in Ottawa in February, expand your network, interact with farm, provincial and federal leaders and be involved in professional development.
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For many, tax planning means the once-a-year mad scramble to organize the necessary paperwork before the tax filing deadline.
In reality, this is not tax planning. Real tax planning requires a comprehensive approach to finances and should be tackled year-round.
Careful planning for your tax obligations should be an integral element of a well-crafted financial planning strategy. Essentially, tax planning involves trying to accomplish all of the other elements of your financial plan in the most tax-efficient manner possible.
All financial transactions have tax consequences. Although the tax consequences of some financial actions might not always take precedence, knowing the options will lead to better decision making.
Decisions that tax planning can help with include:
- Timing of income and expenses.
- Selection of which investments to put in registered versus unregistered plans.
- Filing of common available deductions.
Your tax plan should focus on four specific elements: tax deferral, income splitting, income conversion and optimization of tax credits, incentives and deductions.
The basic concept in tax deferral is the idea that it is better to pay tax later than sooner.
This is related to the time value of money and may also result in paying a lower marginal income tax rate when the amounts are brought into income in the future. This may involve the delayed recognition of income or the accelerated recognition of expenses.
An example of delayed recognition of income can be a Registered Retirement Savings Plan. An example of accelerated expenses is capital cost allowance on farm equipment or rental property.
Canadian federal income tax legislation is based on the application of progressive tax rates. Essentially, this means that taxes payable on a given amount of taxable income will be greater for a single taxpayer than if the amount is split between two or more family members.
You can receive tax-advantaged rates in a non-registered portfolio.
Different types of income are taxed at different rates, which means you want to ensure that your investments are getting the best returns and cash flow on an after-tax basis.
Be aware of how the government treats the taxation of different investment vehicles. Interest income is fully taxable in your non-registered accounts, just like any salary, net business income and other regular income. However, Canadian dividends and capital gains receive preferential tax treatment.
Optimize tax credits, incentives and deductions
To take advantage of existing tax laws requires a certain amount of knowledge. It’s not always easy to stay on top of such things, which is why I recommend that you involve the help of a tax specialist.
Keep all tax-related documents in one accessible location. Also, be sure to keep on top of your bookkeeping and keep your records up to date throughout the year.
There are many more things you can do, but a good tax planner can help manage the process and keep more money in your pocket.
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