WHEREAS the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) has provided a clear and constant voice for rural Alberta for over 90 years; and
WHEREAS the AAMDC exists to provide a slate of member services for rural Alberta, including but not limited to advocacy, elected officials education, insurance management, networking, research, risk management, and a trade division; and
WHEREAS the Board of the AAMDC is comprised of democratically elected rural representatives who have been given a clear mandate, from its membership, to provide a strong voice to advance the ideals, values and concerns of rural municipalities that would otherwise be lost; and
WHEREAS a merger with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) would result in lost representation, lost autonomy, lost influence with senior levels of government and the eventual amalgamation of rural municipalities with 266 urban municipalities, looking to obtain the lucrative trade division of AAMDC;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) refuse to enter into any discussions with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) that would result in any attempt to merge the AAMDC with AUMA.
AUMA and AAMDC have been operating as separate municipal organizations for decades and the separation of the Insurance Reciprocal at that time resulted in a painful and prolonged “divorce”. There are 266 towns and villages and 75 rural municipalities. The voice of rural Alberta will be lost in a ratio of more than 3 to 1. The needs and wants of urban municipalities are completely different than those of rural municipalities. While the majority of rural infrastructure is designed around transportation corridors and emergency and enforcement services, urban municipalities require millions of dollars to subsidize recreational services. There has always been a disconnect between the two entities regarding municipal servicing priorities. The continuous ongoing attempt, by AUMA, to absorb and cherry pick what is successful about AAMDC will leave rural Alberta without its last great voice.
The AAMDC has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.
The AUMA is a valued partner for RMA, and collaborating to create a unified municipal voice on issues of mutual importance is an effective advocacy approach. However, RMA respects its members’ direction that an independent rural municipal voice is needed in Alberta, and is committed to continuing to serve that role. This resolution is deemed Accepted.