Mayerthorpe ICF Matter

Town of Mayerthorpe's Money Demands Thwart County's Last Remaining ICF Deal

Before it will enter into an ICF with Lac Ste. Anne County, the Town of Mayerthorpe has demanded that the County pay considerably more for the Town’s recreation facilities. In other words, Mayerthorpe expects County ratepayers to pay up to double what they currently pay for recreation each year.

As a County ratepayer, you deserve to know about what Mayerthorpe plans to do with your hard-earned money. Explore the facts and figures behind this consequential County matter, and weigh in with insights and opinions of your own.

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Financial Sustainability and Expenditure Practices of the Town of Mayerthorpe

The following information relates to the current financial practices of the Town of Mayerthorpe, which are adversely impacting its residents and, subsequently, the ratepayers of Lac Ste. Anne County. The following tables are compiled from records provided by the Town of Mayerthorpe, plus publicly available data and applied assumptions and conjectures.
The Town of Mayerthorpe expends money at a rate greater than benchmarked municipalities with reasonably comparable populations.
TOWN
POP.
$ PER CAPITA
Bassano
1,206
$2,212.00
Irricana
1,216
$1,965.00
Vauxhall
1,222
$2,233.00
Bowden
1,240
$2,161.00
Nobleford
1,278
$1,343.00
Swan Hills
1,301
$3,760.00
Bruderheim
1,308
$2,299.00
Mayerthorpe
1,320
$3,406.00
Legal
1,345
$2,081.00
Two Hills
1,352
$2,100.00
Elk Point
1,452
$3,025.00
Bon Accord
1,529
$2,229.00

Median

$2,220.00

Mean

$2,401.00

TOWN
POPULATION
EXPENDITURES PER CAPITA
Bassano
1,206
$2,212.00
Irricana
1,216
$1,965.00
Vauxhall
1,222
$2,233.00
Bowden
1,240
$2,161.00
Nobleford
1,278
$1,343.00
Swan Hills
1,301
$3,760.00
Bruderheim
1,308
$2,299.00
Mayerthorpe
1,320
$3,406.00
Legal
1,345
$2,081.00
Two Hills
1,352
$2,100.00
Elk Point
1,452
$3,025.00
Bon Accord
1,529
$2,229.00

Median

$2,220.00

Mean

$2,401.00

Only the Town of Swan Hills exceeds the Town of Mayerthorpe in per capita expenditures. Mayerthorpe exceeds the benchmark median by 53.4%.

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“The Town expects us to increase OUR taxes during a time of financial hardship so that THEY can benefit from increased funding. Such a complete abdication of responsibility is appalling, and underscores just how differently our two leadership teams view the present realities of Rural Alberta.”
— Reeve Joe Blakeman
The Town of Mayerthorpe’s financial position is adversely impacted by unreasonably high expenditures on recreation, relative to benchmarks.
TOWN
POP.
2019
2018
Bassano
1,206
$401,733.00
$353.144.00
Irricana
1,216
$144,341.00
$231,090.00
Vauxhall
1,222
$554,509.00
$522,964.00
Bowden
1,240
$363,425.00
$414,530.00
Nobleford
1,278
$153,630.00
$184,936.00
Swan Hills
1,301
$569,671.00
$557,301.00
Bruderheim
1,308
$497,361.00
$466,384.00
Mayerthorpe
1,320
$643,888.00
$593,039.00
Legal
1,345
$467,539.00
$450,341.00
Two Hills
1,352
$363,236.00
$305,221.00
Elk Point
1,452
$295,549.00
$304,353.00
Bon Accord
1,529
$477,741.00
$478,000.00

Median

$434,636.00

$432,435.50

Mean

$411,051.92

$405,108.58

TOWN
POPULATION
2019
2018
Bassano
1,206
$401,733.00
$353.144.00
Irricana
1,216
$144,341.00
$231,090.00
Vauxhall
1,222
$554,509.00
$522,964.00
Bowden
1,240
$363,425.00
$414,530.00
Nobleford
1,278
$153,630.00
$184,936.00
Swan Hills
1,301
$569,671.00
$557,301.00
Bruderheim
1,308
$497,361.00
$466,384.00
Mayerthorpe
1,320
$643,888.00
$593,039.00
Legal
1,345
$467,539.00
$450,341.00
Two Hills
1,352
$363,236.00
$305,221.00
Elk Point
1,452
$295,549.00
$304,353.00
Bon Accord
1,529
$477,741.00
$478,000.00

Median

$434,636.00

$432,435.50

Mean

$411,051.92

$405,108.58

The Town of Mayerthorpe is 13.0% higher than the next highest benchmarked municipality, and 48.1% higher than the benchmark median, based on 2019 data.

The Town’s rate of escalation in recreation spending has been unsustainable.
YEAR
EXPENSE
INCREASE
2014
$234,368.00
2015
$253,479.00
8.15%
2016
$274,280.00
8.21%
2017
$441,791.00
61.07%
2018
$593,039.00
34.24%
2019
$643,888.00
8.57%

Following the requirement of Alberta Municipal Affairs to complete ICFs in 2017, recreation expenditures in the Town of Mayerthorpe increased dramatically.

Overall recreation spending was 2.75 times greater in 2019 than 2014. Over that six-year period, total inflation was 8.53%, and the Town of Mayerthorpe’s population has consistently declined.

The Town’s financial position is adversely impacted by unreasonably high expenditures on salaries, wages and benefits, relative to benchmarks.
TOWN
POP.
SALARIES, WAGES & BENEFITS
Bassano
1,206
$622,207.00
Irricana
1,216
$524,913.00
Vauxhall
1,222
$936,216.00
Bowden
1,240
$699,939.00
Swan Hills
1,301
$1,649,738.00
Bruderheim
1,308
$1,120,689.00
Mayerthorpe
1,320
$1,543,240.00
Legal
1,345
$1,054,730.00
Two Hills
1,352
$764,488.00
Elk Point
1,452
$1,279,482.00
Bon Accord
1,529
$1,167,599.00

Median

$1,054,730.00

Mean

$1,033,021.91

Only the Town of Swan Hills expends more on staffing than the Town of Mayerthorpe. Mayerthorpe is 46.3% higher than the median of comparably-sized municipalities.

Based on the information available, it appears that the Town of Mayerthorpe is engaged in unreasonable and unsustainable financial practices that place an excessive financial burden on ratepayers within the region.
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