Council considered the petition submitted regarding the proposed local improvement tax.  The petition was not deemed sufficient in accordance with the Municipal Government Act.

To be sufficient, the petition had to be signed by 2/3 of the owners who would be liable to pay the Local Improvement Tax and who represent at least 50% of the value of the assessment for the parcels in respect of which the Tax would be imposed.

The petition met the test regarding the value of assessments but did not meet the test for the number of signatures.  The number of signatures required was 23; the actual number of signatures received was 19.

County Council considered the matter at a meeting held March 22, 2019.  Regardless that the petition was insufficient, Council recognized that it was signed by the majority of residents (who are also landowners) and wished to respect the intent of the petition.  Council therefore decided not to proceed with the project.

Petition Received Against Proposed Birch Grove Estates Local Improvement Tax

A petition has been submitted in opposition to the proposed Birch Grove Estates Local Improvement Tax.

County Council will be considering its response to the petition at its regular Council meeting scheduled for March 22 in the Council Chambers at the Beaver County Service Centre in Ryley.  The matter will be discussed at 11 am and is open to the public.

To view the Council agenda package, click here (scroll down to Meeting Agendas).

Questions may be directed to Margaret Jones, Assistant CAO, at 780-663-3730 or

Birch Grove Estates Local Improvement Tax

At the request of many residents of Birch Grove Estates, Beaver County Council has been considering a long-term dust control suppressant on the roads in the subdivision. In addition to the Birch Grove properties, three Meadowbrook Estates lots are included in the project.

Click here to view a map of Birch Grove Estates and Meadowbrook Estates which indicates, in yellow, the portion of roads that will be surfaced.  A terracem product will be used which involves a stabilized soil cement base covered with a chip seal coat.

According to County policy, a long-term dust control solution may be implemented subject to the landowners paying a local improvement tax for 50% of the costs. Since sufficient interest has been expressed to explore this project, the next step is to provide the affected landowners with a notice of Council’s intent to implement a Local Improvement Tax.

Click here to view the Notice.

Click here to view the Local Improvement Plan.

Click here for common FAQs.

Anyone objecting to the project must submit a sufficient petition pursuant to the Municipal Government Act within 30 days of the date that the Notices were sent.  The deadline for submission of the petition is 4:30 pm, March 15, 2019.

The petition must meet the requirements of the Municipal Government Act to be considered sufficient.  Click here for information regarding the requirements of a petition.  For greater certainty, the Municipal Government Act and legal advice are advised.

Click here for a suggested petition form.  Each page of the petition must contain accurate and identical statements of the purpose and objectives, and on the privacy of personal information.  Each signature must be witnessed and each witness must sign an affidavit that will accompany the petition.  In addition, a Statement of Representative of Petitioners must be included with the petition.  Click here for a sample Affidavit and Statement of Representative of Petitioners.

Questions regarding the Local Improvement Tax may be directed to Margaret Jones, Assistant CAO, at 780-663-3730.