Did You Know?

Did You Know?



Electoral Areas

Saddle Hills County is divided into seven electoral areas called wards.  Each ward has a Councillor who has been elected by citizens within his/her electoral area boundaries. 

Each Council member serves a four-year-term. The elected Council then elects a Reeve and Deputy Reeve from within, on an annual basis.

If you are interested in becoming a candidate please ask for Candidate Package which will provide all the information you require.



Time Commitment

Councillors elected in the 2017 general election will serve a four-year term. The time commitment for members of Council depends on their position and appointments but generally it is a part-time commitment.

Currently, the established monthly meeting schedule is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Board and committee meetings only involve the members of Council that have been assigned to them.

Nomination Eligibility

You are eligible for nomination if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are eligible to vote in this election
  • You are a resident if Saddle Hills County AND the Ward, for six consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day
  • You are not otherwise ineligible or disqualified under the Local Authority Election Act.

Remuneration

Elected officials are paid to perform their duties. Remuneration includes a base honorarium (annual salary), meeting per diems, and health benefits. Members are also reimbursed for registration fees, travel, meals, and accommodations.

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, one-third of a councillor’s salary is a non-taxable allowance. The 2017 federal budget proposes to end this allowance prior to January 1, 2019.

Compensation varies depending on a councillor’s position and attendance at meetings or events. 

Boards and Committees

Members are appointed to several boards and committees. These boards and committees can be internal (that is, created by Council for specific reason), or external (where the County has been invited by an outside organization to participate).

Members of Council represent the interests for the municipality while serving on these boards and committees, and report back to the rest of council on committee initiatives. 

WORKLOAD

In addition to attending Council and board and committee meetings, conferences, and events, being elected requires members to read and review the agenda packages, respond to citizen inquiries, and liaise with County administration. The results in an “on-call” environment that, though rewarding, can be very demanding.

Councillors represent Saddle Hills County by attending community events like fundraisers, grand openings, and parades.

REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS

Elected officials are paid to perform their duties. Remuneration includes a base honorarium (annual salary), meeting per diems, and health benefits. Members are also reimbursed for registration fees, travel, meals, and accommodations.

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, one-third of a councillor’s salary is a non-taxable allowance. The 2017 federal budget proposes to end this allowance prior to January 1, 2019.

Compensation varies depending on a councillor’s position and attendance at meetings or events.

In coordination with the annual budget, the remuneration of elected officials is guided by the Payments to Council, Committee and Board Members Policy. A copy of the remuneration policy, along with the benefit summary, is in Appendix 5 of the Candidate Information Guide.

COUNCIL ORIENTATION

Saddle Hills County will also sponsor orientation sessions for the elected officials after the election in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. Orientation will be facilitated by Dr. Gordon McIntosh from the Local Government Leadership Institute on November 23-24, 2017. Additional orientation sessions will be offered by Municipal Affairs in November 2017.

Saddle Hills County adopted the Organizational Success Discussion Guidelines which highlights core government functions (see Appendix 6). The Roles and Responsibilities Guidelines document provides additional clarity of the responsibilities of elected officials and staff members (see Appendix 7). The latest organizational chart provides information regarding municipal departments/functions and reporting hierarchy (see Appendix 8).

Saddle Hills County Council, Board and Committee Meeting Procedure Bylaw can be found in Appendix 9 for information.

 

NOMINATION PAPERS

The Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance Form is attached in Appendix 10 of the Candidate Information Guide available on the County website or at the County Administration Office located at Hwy 49 and Secondary Highway 725.

To be nominated, you must:

1. Complete and file the Nomination Paper (Form 3);

2. Swear (or affirm) the Candidates Acceptance before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning

Officer; and

3. A candidate in Saddle Hills County does not require a deposit to file a nomination paper.

COMPLETING NOMINATION PAPERS

The Nomination Paper and Candidates Acceptance Form is valid if signed by a least five eligible voters.

An eligible voter:

  • is at least 18 years of age;
  • is a Canadian citizen; and
  • has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day, and the person’s place of residence is located in the area (ward) on election day.

It’s recommended that candidates obtain more than the required number of signatures.

The Candidate’s Acceptance portion of the form requires you to swear or affirm that:

  • you are eligible to be elected under sections 21 and 47 of the Local Authorities Election Act;
  • you are not disqualified under section 22 or 23 of the Local Authorities Election Act;
  • you have read and understand sections 12, 21, 22, 23, 27, 47, 68.1, 157.11, 147.2, 147.21 and 151 of the Local Authorities Election Act; and
  • if elected, you will accept the office for which you are a candidate.

You’ll also be asked to specify your official agent, if applicable.

The Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance Form must be completed in full. The Candidate’s Acceptance must be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioner of Oaths or the Returning Officer.

The candidate is responsible for understanding and complying with the nomination requirements. The Returning Officer cannot rule on the validity of the information on the form. However, the Returning Officer must refuse forms that do not contain the required number of nominating signatures.




 

For a copy of the Candidate Information Guide simply

click here.

For more information about registering as a candidate you are encouraged to speak with the returning officer at Saddle Hills County

– tlapping@saddlehills.ab.ca, or 780-864-3761.

Watch this space every week to learn more about municipal elections in Saddle Hills County.