In anticipation of the 2021 provincial budget, AUMA submitted a letter to the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance outlining our priorities. We encourage members to amplify our message by sharing our priorities with MLAs.
The Government of Alberta's Budget 2021 was released on Thursday, February 25. AUMA’s team of experienced analysts has closely examined the budget and has released preliminary findings of how Budget 2021 will affect Alberta’s municipalities.
AUMA's response to Budget 2021
AUMA acknowledges that 2020 and 2021 have been a period of economic uncertainty, and that Alberta’s government faces difficult choices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oil price shock and the global economic recession. However, we point out that:
- the government’s commitment to funding municipal infrastructure has diminished. While Budget 2021 increases Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding this year, the long-awaited Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) is being deferred until 2024, and municipalities will see a 25 per cent cut in MSI funding collectively over the next three years.
- although we are relieved the provincial government didn’t follow through with its planned increase to education property taxes, which the province mandates municipalities collect on its behalf, the Alberta government still takes $0.30 of every dollar that residents and businesses pay in municipal property taxes.
- immediate response is required to provide urban municipalities with funding to address homelessness and support struggling businesses. We are dismayed to see the budget does not also include a plan and funding for addictions to address the opioid crisis, which is resulting in the deaths of more Albertans every day.
Webinar and Q&A session:
To help Alberta's municipalities better understand the potential implications of Budget 2021, and to hear your reactions, AUMA hosted a webinar on Friday, February 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This webinar was exclusive to elected officials and employees of Alberta municipal governments. Watch it on our YouTube channel.
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