Since 1960, Westwinds Communities (Westwinds) has been one of over one hundred provincially legislated Management Bodies providing subsidized Seniors Lodges in coordination with local municipalities and the Provincial Government. The provincial and municipal governments recognized that Senior Citizens would be unable to pay the entire costs of supportive lodge accommodation and authorized these agencies to pass the annual revenue shortfall on to the taxpayers of the geographic area. Westwinds requisitions Foothills County, the Towns of Black Diamond, High River, Okotoks and Turner Valley, and the Village of Longview for its operating shortfall and funds necessary to maintain a modest reserve for capital replacements.
Westwinds manages a variety of housing programs and services, and the monies collected through the requisition are dedicated to supporting the Lodge operations of High Country Lodge (41 suites), Sandstone Lodge (46 suites) and Medicine Tree Manor (100 suites). The Lodges provide studio,one and two bedroom accommodation, room furnishings, weekly housekeeping and linen service,24 hour security and non-medical monitoring, meals and snacks, recreation and referral to community services for its residents. Seniors must be functionally independent, age 65 years or older and a resident of Canada for at least ten years to qualify for housing.
The individual municipalities are not responsible for generating this amount on your personal property tax bill, though they collect the amount and forward it to the Westwinds Communities.
Where does the requisition go? Municipal Requisition information.