Alberta municipalities are facing larger bills for the disposal of hazardous waste after the UCP government ended subsidies and contracted operations to private waste management company SUEZ.
The impact of the cuts to the Grants in Place of Taxes program adds up to $30 million a year for approximately 170 communities. The cuts were announced in the UCP government's first budget, in 2019.
The UCP has cut nearly 50 per cent of the community facility enhancement program (CFEP), which provides matching grants to help build and upgrade public-use facilities to community associations.
The UCP government is cutting infrastructure money to municipalities by 25 per cent over the next three years. Funding will be reduced to $2.17 billion and spread out over an additional two years.
Starting April 1, 2021, the UCP government will introduce a 90/10 split on cost sharing for disaster relief between the province and municipalities, private companies and Métis settlements.
Alberta's municipal districts and counties say oil and gas companies owe them $245 million in unpaid property taxes, a 42-per-cent increase over last year while UCP refuses to change loophole.
MLA Tyler Shandro pushes ahead with consolidating EMS dispatch for Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Wood Buffalo despite concerns from mayors
Due to funding cuts, the workers who service and clean Calgary Transit buses before they head out on routes will soon be replaced by an outside contractor.