WHEREAS the Alberta Housing Act Section 7(1) provides management bodies to requisition those municipalities for which the management body provides lodge accommodation for the amount of the management bodys annual deficit for the previous fiscal year arising from the provision of lodge accommodation, and any amounts necessary to establish or continue a reserve fund for the management body, andWHEREAS the Alberta Housing Act Section 7(5) provides that a municipality shall pay to the management body the amount requisitioned within 90 days of the mailing of the notice by the management body, andWHEREAS persons appointed to a Housing Management Board may have no choice in increasing requisitions in order to meet increasing demand for lodge accommodation, andWHEREAS municipalities may need to increase their mill rates due to the requisitions by the Housing Management Boards, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association Of Municipal Districts and Counties lobby the Provincial Government on behalf of the municipalities, to amend the Alberta Housing Act to provide that additional funds requisitioned over and above 1999 requisition levels, be provided by the Government of Alberta.
The Alberta Housing Act provides for the establishment of management bodies for the provision of lodge accommodation.The Act also provides that the management body may requisition municipalities for any previous years deficit (Section 7(1)), but also provides that the Minister may provide financial assistance (Section 4).A management body shall exercise its powers and functions and carry out their duties, even if it means continuing increases in requisitions to municipalities.Alberta Health reports in Healthy Aging: New Directions for Care that today 9.8% of Albertas population is 65 years of age or older. By 2016, that number is expected to grow to 14.5%, and by 2031 to approximately 25.0%.Although facility utilization rates are expected to decline slowly from the present levels as a percentage of population, there will continue to be an increasing demand for lodge space. A demand that municipalities cannot afford to support without increasing mill rates.