WHEREAS both the Government of Alberta and Alberta’s municipalities are committed to govern in a way that best serves the people of Alberta; and
WHEREAS both parties share a responsibility for funding and providing services utilized by Alberta residents and businesses; and
WHEREAS to maintain essential municipal services, municipalities require financial stability and adequate notice of potential provincial policy or legislative changes with significant impacts on municipal finances;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate that the Government of Alberta amend the Municipal Government Act to provide a mandatory notice period of one year before implementing any action that will have the specific and direct effect of decreasing revenue or increasing required expenditures for municipalities.
Provinces and municipalities in other parts of the country have, through legislation and memorandums of understanding (MOUs), developed a process of mutual respect, accountability and a recognition of the importance of cooperation while achieving win/win solutions.
Recent actions by the Government of Alberta will produce extreme financial shortfalls leading to the reduction and removal of municipal services and further unintended consequences. Many municipalities will be required to mitigate these loses by raising their tax rates to their citizens, small businesses and industries.
The enclosed resolution simply provides an opportunity for municipalities to work with the Government of Alberta and be partners in achieving solutions that support the needs of Albertans without creating negative financial extremes and hardships for municipalities.
The result of this formal collaborative arrangement will enhance due process which benefits both parties and most importantly all Albertans, whom we all serve.
5-18S: Provincial Government Consultation and Communication Protocol with Municipalities
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) appeal to the Government of Alberta to establish and maintain a uniform consultation and communication protocol with municipal elected officials which is applicable to all provincial bodies;
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that through this consultation and communication protocol, the Government of Alberta recognizes and acknowledges the legislated significance of municipal elected officials, and that the Government of Alberta engage municipalities openly and transparently to provide input and feedback on the consultation and communication protocol from inception through to implementation.
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