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.
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 below.
Projected Local Impacts
Timeline of Events
Ratepayers are Encouraged to Get Involved
MR. SHANE GETSON (UCP)
MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland
#18, 4708 Lac Ste. Anne Trail North
P.O. Box 248
Onoway, Alberta T0E 1V0