Alberta Party Unveils its Municipal Affairs Policy
June 15, 2011
CALGARY, AB - This morning at the AUMA Mayors' Caucus in Calgary Glenn Taylor, Leader of the Alberta Party, is unveiling the Party's Municipal Affairs Policy.
The Alberta Party is committed to creating a New Partnership with municipalities and amending the Municipal Government Act to reflect our changing province.
“The provincial government needs to change how it deals with our municipalities,” says Glenn Taylor, Leader of the Alberta Party, “Local government provides the essential services we use in our daily lives. An Alberta Party government will foster a new working relationship based on mutual respect, consultation and cooperation.”
One of the four key aims of the policy is to create local government charters that would take a new view of municipalities, reflecting the unique and differing needs and capacities of cities, towns, and communities.
“These charters will take a new view of municipalities, as entities capable of significant responsible action,” says Taylor.
The Alberta Party Municipal Affairs Policy will enable municipalities to keep the education portion of property taxes while lengthening the term limits for municipal officials from three years to four. This policy was created in consultation with municipal officials across the province, as well as with over 1,500 Albertans during the Big Listen process that took place in 2010.
"I was really impressed by the process the Alberta Party used to consult local government in order to create this policy,” says Paul McLauchlin, Deputy Reeve Ponoka County, “ They toured around the province, soliciting the advice and expertise from elected municipal officials. They've demonstrated a sincere commitment to an equal partnership from the get-go."
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