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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Letter template regarding proposed changes to oil and gas sector assessment model

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Red Deer County is joining its fellow rural municipal Councils in expressing outrage over the proposed changes to the assessment process from Alberta Municipal Affairs. The proposed changes could lead to massive tax increases (up to 32%) or service level reductions to residents and business owners.

The Provincial government is attempting to push through a new assessment strategy. According to Red Deer County Assessment department calculations, the proposed changes result in a loss of more than 9% of tax revenue, which equals to a loss of up to $4.4 million in overall revenue for the County in 2021 alone. 

In addition, the changes appear to solely benefit multinational oil and gas companies that do not have head offices or large workforces in Alberta. In addition, the proposed changes have no regulations to ensure that the money from the assessment will be spent in Alberta to improve the struggling oil and gas sector here.  Therefore, we are asking residents and business owners to contact their MLA and join us in expressing their concern about these proposed changes.

 Below is a letter on this issue that can be filled with your information and sent to your local MLA. 

Devin Dreeshan Assessment Letter 2020
Jason Nixon Assessment Letter 2020

It can be copied and pasted into an email and sent to one of the following email addresses:

Rimbey.RockyMountainhouse.Sundre@assembly.ab.ca (Hon. Jason Nixon)

Innisfail.SylvanLake@assembly.ab.ca (Hon.Devin Dreeshan)

 Or it can be printed and mailed to one of the following addresses:

 Devin Dreeshan                                                       Jason Nixon
Constituency Office                                                Constituency Office
5027 - 49 Street                                                          101 – 6ST. SW
Innisfail, AB                                                                 Sundre, AB
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