A conference for the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties has heard some of the economic troubles members and member communities have faced this year.
One major issue is the the delayed crops caused by an early snow fall and late rains in October. Another major issue is the carbon tax. AAMDC president Al Kemmere spoke on the Alberta Morning News and he said the upcoming carbon tax is causing major headaches for some people.
“We’re seeing an expected revenue drop or assessment drop on oil and gas ranging between 10 and 15 per cent, so that affects our ability to collect those taxes. It’s all those things piled together that’s created a bit of a nervousness amongst our members and I think that maybe comes out in the discussions that we’re having with the ministers,” said Kemmere.
“A large piece of our membership is very concerned with it and they have totally bought in to the idea yet and the province in planning on staying the course so that does create some concerns for our people. Especially when we have some limited opportunities to minimize the impact because it’s primarily because how far our people live from major centres or their places of employment.”
Kemmere said they’ve also heard a commitment from the province of a $34 million grant for roads, bridges, and community airports.
“It allows us to deal with a pent up infrastructure demand and at the same time hopefully local contractors can bid on these pieces or whatever comes forward no matter what that community is and put people to work.”