The Present

A Cypress County Snapshot

INCORPORATED: January 1, 1985
POPULATION (2011 CENSUS): 7,214
Hamlet Population Breakdown Desert Blume 306
Dunmore 1025
Elkwater Townsite 60
Hilda 37
Irvine 291
Ralston 409
Schuler 63
Seven Persons 270
Suffield 264
Veinerville 80
Walsh 58
SIZE: 13,237 km2; 1,327,508 hectares
NUMBER of DWELLINGS: 3,521
NUMBER of FARMS: 949
KILOMETRES of ROADS: Paved - 102; Dust Control (oiled) - 327; Gravel - 2,190;
INCOME SOURCES: Property taxes, grants, fees and charges
SERVICES PROVIDED: Agricultural programs, road maintenance, bylaw enforcement, land planning, development advice &  approvals, fire protection, recreation, street lighting, waste collection, recycling, water & sewer, emergency services, family & community support.
2014 MILL RATE (RESIDENTIAL): 5.4473
2014 MILL RATE (NON-RESIDENTIAL): 7.7602
2014 OPERATING BUDGET: $27,426,596
2014 CAPITAL BUDGET: $22,291,454
FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES: 52
REEVE: Bob Olson
COUNCILLORS: Darcy Geigle, LeRay Pahl, Garry Lentz, Dan Hamilton, Art Squire, Ernest Mudie, Dustin Vossler, Richard Oster
MAJOR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: * Agriculture
* Oil & Gas Production
* Tourism
* CFB Suffield Military Base
OTHER INTERESTING  FACTS : * Approximately 55% of the land area is held in long term provincial government grazing leases
* 8% of the total area is considered Improved
* Major Agricultural Activities included Ranching, Wheat and Oilseed Crops, Irrigated Alfalfa and other Specialty Crops

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