History

Saddle Hills County began as Improvement District (I.D.) No. 134 in April 1, 1945 after the amalgamation of several smaller Improvement Districts. On January 1, 1969, I.D. No. 134 was renumbered to become I.D. No. 20. In January 1995 the I.D. was incorporated and became known as the Municipal District of Saddle Hills No. 20. On July 1, 1999 the Municipal District changed its name to Saddle Hills County.

The improvement districts were governed by Alberta Municipal Affairs, with an Improvement District Manager as an employee of Municipal Affairs, who was assisted by an advisory council. This advisory council was elected by the residents of the improvement district. When Saddle Hills County became incorporated, the advisory Council became a municipal council with all of the power and privileges that the Municipal Government Act allows. Prior to incorporation, all road infrastructure was administered by Alberta Transportation. After incorporation, the municipality became responsible for all local roads and services. The role of administration changed dramatically after incorporation.

In 1981, Improvement District No. 20, built their first fire hall in Woking, Alberta. Other fire halls followed in the 1980’s, with locations in Blueberry Mountain, Happy Valley, Savanna, and Bonanza. Since 1998, Saddle Hills County has promoted a very aggressive firefighting program in order to ensure the safety of all residents and businesses.

Saddle Hills County has always been fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources that create a sustainable assessment base.

Saddle Hills County Historical Assessment Statistics

YEAR FARM RESIDENTIAL NON-RES M&E LINEAR TOTAL
2014 49,959,780 102,080,600 115,329,810 761,631,220 1,440,880,440 2,469,881,850
2013 49,963,160 95,620,310 108,636,060 723,986,590 1,318,396,270 2,296,602,390
2012 49,956,360 90,851,800 98,051,910 668,334,020 1,225,559,420 2,132,753,510
2011 49,679,670 85,426,910 88,074,030 551,096,650 1,111,617,020 1,885,894,280
2010 49,439,280 82,517,030 83,548,090 543,965,300 1,018,157,130 1,777,626,830
2009 49,403,400 79,969,530 78,103,740 519,636,090 998,301,920 1,725,414,680
2008 49,450,440 77,376,160 73,361,070 516,142,870 1,059,628,190 1,778,958,730
2007 49,459,260 67,614,000 69,325,730 492,067,640 942,435,060 1,620,901,690
2006 49,455,110 51,597,920 66,491,820 377,583,990 889,320,380 1,434,449,220
2005 49,456,360 40,453,160 58,484,900 320,437,220 694,907,810 1,163,739,450
2004 49,458,160 34,781,290 48,435,320 270,033,210 516,210,350 918,918,330
2003 49,024,020 33,725,810 45,777,330 259,658,850 487,250,020 875,436,030
2002 48,943,050 31,803,040 41,775,710 237,674,120 456,887,880 817,083,800
2001 48,770,120 30,825,660 38,529,430 223,361,900 418,984,630 760,471,740
2000 48,782,350 30,031,210 35,470,930 202,415,390 369,826,540 686,526,420