Effects - Alberta's Challenge - Equitable municipal access to industrial property tax assessment in Alberta

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All figures used are 2011 numbers - available from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Updated 2013 numbers (latest publicly available as of April 2015) will coming be shortly.

Another negative result of this disparity is that rural urban communities throughout our province are almost completely shut out from benefitting from these industrial property tax revenues. These towns and villages often get less than 2-3% of the regional industrial property tax revenues even when they make up 50-60% and more of the respective regional population.

This can't be fair, and isn't...



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Here's one example: The St. Paul - Bonnyville region

The urban population is made up of the Towns of St. Paul Alberta, Bonnyville, and Elk Point along with the Village of Glendon.
The rural population is made up of the MD of Bonnyville and the County of St. Paul.

The populations are virtually equal at 14,549 urban and 14,972 rural.
Yet the rural population has the benefit of just under 80% (78.8) of the total property tax revenues and a whopping 99+% of the Industrial revenues. In terms of the Industrial revenues the three towns and a village share $249,000.00 ( 0.58% of the total) a year while the two rural municipalities share $43,000,000.00 (99.42%)
That's over 170 times the industrial revenues each year.

This also cannot be fair, and isn't...

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Here's another example: The Town and MD of Wainwright

The urban population is made up of the Town of Wainwright and the rural is the MD of Wainwright.

The populations are not equal at 5,775 (63%) urban and 4113 (37%) rural.
Yet the rural population again has the benefit of just under 80% (79.43%) of the total property tax revenues and a whopping 98+% of the Industrial revenues. In terms of the Industrial revenues the Town gets $318,611.00 (1.28% of the total) yearly while the rural municipality gets $24,574,964.00 (98.72%)
That's over 77 times the industrial revenues each year.

This also cannot be fair, and isn't...

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Yet again: The Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County

The urban population is made up of the Town of Drayton Valley and the Village of Breton and the rural is Brazeau County.

The populations are virtually equal at 7472 (51.49%) urban and 7040 (48.51%) rural.
Yet the rural population again has the benefit of just under 75% (73.47%) of the total property tax revenues and a whopping 95+% of the Industrial revenues. In terms of the Industrial revenues the Town & Village share $1,197,802.00 (4.97% of the total) yearly while the rural municipality gets $22,908,204.00 (95.03%)
That's over 19 times the industrial revenues each year.

This also cannot be fair, and isn't...

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And my own community: The Peace Region (Peace River & surrounding area)

The urban population is made up of the Towns of Grimshaw, Manning & Peace River with the Villages of Berwyn and Nampa. The rural population includes the County of Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise County and the M.D. of Peace.

The populations are again not equal at 59% urban and 41% rural. Yet the rural population once more has the benefit of 77% of the total property tax revenues and a whopping 98.9% of the Industrial revenues. In terms of the Industrial revenues the Town & Village share $418,796.00 (1.1% of the total) yearly while the rural municipalities get $37,506,615.00(95.03%).
That's almost 90 times the industrial revenues each year.

This also cannot be fair, and isn't...

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This scenario is being repeated, over and over, throughout Alberta.

As a matter of fact, taken as a whole, the rural 19% of the population accesses over 94% of the industrial property tax revenues.

The Cities, Towns and Villages of Alberta, the urban 81%, share less than 100 Million dollars of these industrial revenues per year while the rural population accesses almost 1.7 BILLION dollars a year.

This cannot be fair, and isn't...



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The present provincial distribution of property tax revenues makes no connection at all between regional wealth and service provision and does not reflect the contribution of all citizens of a region to the overall progress and prosperity of the region.

I do not believe it can credibly be argued that the urban citizens living within the borders of the rural municipalities make a lesser contribution and are therefore less deserving of sharing equitably in the financial wealth of their respective regions and of having an representative voice in determining their collective future.


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