MUNICIPALITIES RAL­LY FOR MA­RI­JUA­NA RE­VE­NUES

Vision (Canada) - - Actualitês News - ALEXIA MARSILLO alexia.marsillo@eap.on.ca

Clarence-Rockland and Al­fred-Plan­ta­ge­net have both sup­por­ted a re­so­lu­tion re­ques­ting new tax re­ve­nues ge­ne­ra­ted by the sale of le­gal ma­ri­jua­na be pro­por­tio­nal­ly al­lo­ca­ted to municipalities.

The Town of La­ke­shore ini­tia­ted this re­quest by passing a re­so­lu­tion at a Coun­cil mee­ting in Ja­nua­ry. This re­so­lu­tion was then sent to Prime Mi­nis­ter Tru­deau and ma­ny other go­vern­ment lea­ders and as­so­cia­tions. Al­fred-Plan­ta­ge­net and Clarence-Rockland both fol­lo­wed suit by passing a re­so­lu­tion of their own, sup­por­ting La­ke­shore’s re­quest.

The ini­tial re­so­lu­tion by the Town of La­ke­shore calls for both the fe­de­ral and the pro­vin­cial go­vern­ment to al­lo­cate a pro­por­tio­nate share of the new tax re­ve­nues, which will be ge­ne­ra­ted from the sales of ma­ri­jua­na, di­rect­ly to municipalities. The re­so­lu­tion al­so re­quests that the go­vern­ment create a fund, si­mi­lar to that of the Gas Tax Fund and the Clean Wa­ter and Was­te­wa­ter Fund, from these new ma­ri­jua­na tax re­ve­nues to pro­vide fun­ding to municipalities for in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects.

Since re­crea­tio­nal ma­ri­jua­na will be avai­lable for pur­chase through re­tail out­lets in Ca­na­da, as is ex­pec­ted to hap­pen by Ju­ly of this year, new tax re­ve­nues will be ge­ne­ra­ted by these sales. The Go­vern­ment of Ca­na­da and of On­ta­rio have been ac­ti­ve­ly dis­cus­sing how to dis­tri­bute these new tax re­ve­nues, but have thus far made no in­di­ca­tion of an in­ten­tion to dis­tri­bute a share to municipalities.

The Town of La­ke­shore ar­gued, in its of­fi­cial re­so­lu­tion, that municipalities are en­tit­led to a share of these tax re­ve­nues as they are res­pon­sible for ma­ny cri­ti­cal in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects, such as roads, bridges, wa­ter treat­ment and the de­li­ve­ry of po­table wa­ter. Municipalities al­rea­dy face a si­gni­fi­cant chal­lenge in re­cei­ving fun­ding for such pro­jects. They al­so have li­mi­ted op­tions to in­crease their re­ve­nues, be­sides ha­ving to raise pro­per­ty taxes, which di­rect­ly im­pacts all tax­payers.

The re­so­lu­tion was una­ni­mous­ly pas­sed from the Town of La­ke­shore and was the­reaf­ter al­so sup­por­ted by the Al­fred-Plan­ta­ge­net and Clarence-Rockland coun­cils. A co­py of the re­so­lu­tion has been sent to Prime Mi­nis­ter Jus­tin Tru­deau, the lea­ders of the fe­de­ral op­po­si­tion par­ties, Pre­mier of On­ta­rio Kath­leen Wynne, the lea­ders of the pro­vin­cial op­po­si­tion par­ties and all mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and of Pro­vin­cial Par­lia­ment in On­ta­rio. It has al­so been sent to the Fe­de­ra­tion of Ca­na­dian Municipalities and the As­so­cia­tion of Municipalities of On­ta­rio.

—photo four­nie

Clarence-Rockland et Al­fred-Plan­ta­ge­net ont tous deux ap­puyé une ré­so­lu­tion de­man­dant que les nou­velles re­cettes fis­cales gé­né­rées par la vente de ma­ri­jua­na lé­gale soient at­tri­buées pro­por­tion­nel­le­ment aux mu­ni­ci­pa­li­tés. .

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