In 2015, the Province declined to pay the Grants in Lieu of Taxes on properties owned by the province. In the Town of Black Diamond, that resulted in a decrease of revenue that had to be passed on to the taxpayers. At the 2015 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Convention, the Town of Black Diamond and the City of Brooks jointly presented a resolution (see link below) that was resoundingly approved for AUMA advocacy. During the ensuing year, the AUMA worked with the newly elected provincial government, in an attempt to have that funding restored, as well as to change the Act to make it clear that the funding would not be removed again. This advocacy did not work. The Province is not revising the Act, and is not restoring the funding.
The Town of Black Diamond has sent a letter to the Minister, further advocating a reconsideration of this decision. If you, as a taxpayer, would like to send a letter, you can find the details in the information sheet, including the email address of your MLA, Pat Stier, and the Minister of Seniors and Housing.
Read the AUMA Resolution here.