Mayor takes car­bon tax con­cerns to premier

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail

Just as many peo­ple have con­cerns about the role the new car­bon tax will play in ev­ery­day life, Mayor Terry Ye­men has also pub­licly voiced his wor­ries.

Shortly after the car­bon tax was im­ple­mented Jan­uary 1, 2017, Mayor Ye­men sent a let­ter to Premier Not­ley re­gard­ing the new car­bon tax on be­half of Drumheller’s Town Coun­cil, res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

Mayor Ye­men said, “I would like to ex­press my con­cerns re­gard­ing the im­pact the 2017 car­bon tax will have. Most no­tably, this im­pact will be felt at the fuel pumps as prices in­crease.”

In his let­ter, Mayor Ye­men chal­lenged the NDP gov­ern­ment on the im­pact it will have, not just on mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties but on the res­i­dents of Drumheller. Mayor Ye­men states in his let­ter that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties could have dif­fi­culty pro­vid­ing ser­vices to their res­i­dents with this new ex­pense.

“Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pro­vide the bulk of ser­vices aimed at achiev­ing sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties. The dif­fi­culty of achiev­ing this is that the car­bon tax will im­pact the cost of mu­nic­i­pal op­er­a­tions par­tic­u­larly in the use of our equip­ment and trans­porta­tion. Ul­ti­mately, these costs will be borne by the tax­pay­ers through

prop­erty taxes and other fees col­lected by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. I urge your gov­ern­ment to en­sure that this tax does not be­come a fi­nan­cial bur­den to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.” Mayor Ye­men said in his let­ter.

Mayor Ye­men pre­vi­ously told The Mail that the town will be look­ing at an ad­di­tional $10,000 per year based on an ini­tial as­sess­ment that was cal­cu­lated from the an­nual av­er­age con­sump­tion of fuel and nat­u­ral gas used by the town.

“Please con­tinue with con­sul­ta­tions and en­gage­ment with lo­cal gov­ern­ment, busi­ness and the gen­eral pub­lic on how to dis­burse funds re­al­ized through the car­bon tax pro­gram for the bet­ter­ment of Al­berta as a whole.”

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