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Resolution 2-21F

Disaster Recovery Program Cost Allocations

Date:
November 25, 2021
Expiry Date:
December 1, 2024
Active Status:
Active
Sponsors:
Brazeau County
District:
3 - Pembina River
Year:
2021
Convention:
Fall
Category:
Municipal Governance and Finances
Status:
Sent to Government
Vote Results:
Carried
Preamble:

WHEREAS rural municipalities have recently experienced reductions in revenue and financial support from the Government of Alberta, including but not limited to changes to or the elimination of linear assessment, well drilling equipment tax, grants in place of taxes, and reductions to Municipal Sustainability Initiative program funding; and

WHEREAS rural municipalities have recently absorbed increased expenditures due to the downloading of provincial costs in areas such as policing and augmenting Alberta Health Services through medical first response programs; and

WHEREAS rural municipalities do not have direct access to any federal disaster relief funding or resources; and

WHEREAS in March 2021 Alberta Municipal Affairs introduced changes to the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) that require municipalities to contribute 10% of the costs of eligible claims made under the DRP;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta urge the Government of Alberta to remove the requirement for municipalities to contribute 10% of the costs of eligible claims made under the Disaster Recovery Program for disasters within their boundaries.

Member Background:

Brazeau County, like other rural municipalities across the province, is concerned with the Government of Alberta’s decision to now require municipalities to contribute to disaster relief funding under the Disaster Recovery Program.

Brazeau County, like other rural municipalities across the province, have had revenues streams significantly reduced and/or eliminated by the Government of Alberta while being forced to take on additional expenditures to augment the funding to support provincial services. Brazeau County is strongly opposed to and will not accept further downloading from the Government of Alberta.

RMA Background:

13-20F: Provincial Government Disaster Recovery Program Payments

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate that the Government of Alberta review its Disaster Recovery Program processes to ensure municipalities receive payments within a defined timeline for resources deployed to assist during regional disasters.

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16-20F: Federal and Provincial Disaster Support

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate to the Government of Alberta for continued Disaster Recovery Program funding to support community resilience and enable the relocation of affected property owners where re-construction is impractical or inadvisable.

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Provincial Ministries:
Municipal Affairs
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