Between April and July of 2020, the Government of Alberta's conducted a review of the assessment model for oil and gas properties. The purported intent of this review is to “modernize” the assessment model for oil and gas properties and thus enhance industry competitiveness while ensuring municipal viability.

It is the County’s position that the Province will achieve neither of these outcomes with its ill-conceived, industry-biased model. Rather, this model would strike a crippling blow to rural Albertans already struggling under the weight of a fiscal downturn; a global pandemic; and the Province’s recent rural policing cost download.

Background

The Government of Alberta is currently considering changes to the assessment model for regulated properties such as oil and gas wells and pipelines. Notably, no municipal leaders were involved in this review; nor was the County even aware of such a review prior to public notice of the Province’s finalized recommended changes to the model on Friday, July 24, 2020.

If implemented, the UCP's assessment model will strike a crippling blow to rural Albertans already struggling under the weight of a fiscal downturn; a global pandemic; and the Province’s recent rural policing cost download.

The impacts of shifting the tax burden from industry to residential would be severe, and would likely worsen after the first year of implementation. The Province has refused to provide access to the data required to conduct a multi-year impact assessment. Initial scenarios based on current available data are shown Here.

Secret Meetings
UCP engaged CAPP and other oil & gas associations

The Big Picture

Large oil & gas players want lower property taxes to enhance their competitiveness. The Alberta Government has caved to this industry pressure by proposing a drastic reduction in the County's non-residential assessment base (oil & gas properties and equipment).

The County thinks this is a disastrous plan and wants to stop the Province from putting it into motion.

Timeline of Events

What has the Province done to date, and how is the County responding to this threat?

Projected Local Impacts

How will the Province's assessment model review scheme affect the County and its ratepayers?

Questions and Answers

What are elected officials and County ratepayers saying about the Province's scheme?
Secret Meetings
Protesters converge on the steps of the Alberta legislature

'It's going to hurt': Tax break for oil and gas firms would drain rural budgets, communities warn

Excerpt from CBC Edmonton: A plan to give oil and gas companies a break on municipal property taxes would deal massive blows to the revenues of Alberta's rural governments, warns a group representing the province's counties and municipal districts.

If the overhaul to the provincial rate assessment model is pursued, rural councils would be forced to balance their budgets through steep residential tax hikes or deep cuts to municipal services, said Al Kemmere, president of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA).

Some rural municipalities simply may not survive, Kemmere said. "Nobody lives in a Cadillac world here," Kemmere said. "Rural Albertans often get by with the marginal, but when you reduce like this, it's going to hurt.

Ratepayers are Strongly Encouraged to Get Involved

The Province has given rural municipalities an advocacy period of 30 days. During this time, the County plans to aggressively lobby its local MLAs and Ministers, and to add a clear and resounding voice of dissent to those of adjacent rural municipalities.
The County encourages all concerned ratepayers to do the same. The contact details for Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs Kaycee Madu and MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland Shane Getson are indicated below.
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HONOURABLE KAYCEE MADU, QC (UCP)
Minister of Municipal Affairs


Constituency Office
5160 Windermere Boulevard
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T6W 0L9

Phone: 780.415.8692
Fax: 780.415.8693
Email: Edmonton.SouthWest@assembly.ab.ca
Facebook: Kaycee Madu

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MR. SHANE GETSON (UCP)
MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland


Constituency Office
#18, 4708 Lac Ste. Anne Trail North
P.O. Box 248
Onoway, Alberta T0E 1V0

Phone:780.967.0760
Fax:780.967.4338
Email: LacSteAnne.Parkland@assembly.ab.ca
Facebook: Shane Getson