September 2020 Engagements

  1. Provincial Assessment Model Review
  2. Provincial Police Costing Model
  3. Level of Service: Roads
  4. Hamlet Revitalization

The Government of Alberta is considering a change to the assessment model for oil and gas wells and pipelines. While we understand that these changes are intended to enhance the competitiveness of the oil and gas industry, they will have serious ramifications and potentially extreme negative consequences on the sustainability of our municipality and smaller businesses in the industry. If these changes are approved, residents and other commercial property owners will be responsible for subsidizing a property tax break for the oil and gas industry. Changing the assessment model is inequitable and unfair, as it places the entire burden for an industrial tax break onto municipalities, without guaranteeing that savings would be reinvested in Alberta.

The County of Wetaskiwin has written a letter to the Premier expressing our many concerns with these proposed changes. The following letter and fact sheet  were sent to all County residents and businesses to inform them of the potential impacts of these changes to our County. Please consider adding your voice to this matter. 

The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), on behalf of all rural municipalities, reviewed the information provided by the Government and analyzed the impacts thoroughly. In response to the proposed changes, RMA issued an Outcomes Summary and a Position Statement. They have also provided a prediction of the impact that each scenario will have on County of Wetaskiwin. On August 25, 2020 RMA released a news release setting the record straight on municipal finances. 

The Provincial Government is accepting input on the proposed assessment models from municipalities and other interested stakeholders. A template letter is available for you to use to send to our MLAs (Rick Wilson and Jason Nixon). Please feel free to edit this template letter to reinforce your own personal concerns.

Contact Us

  1. if you have questions about

    Assessment Model Review

    Rene Boutin, Director of Assessment Services
    Phone: 780-361-6233

    Police Costing Model
    Jeff Chipley, Assistant CAO
    Phone: 780-361-6223

    Hamlet Revitalization
    Rod Hawken, CAO
    Phone: 780-361-6225

    Public Works Call Centre
    Phone: 780-361-6241
    After Hours Phone: