Linear assessment is the method of assessing the value of a property based in part on the value of the type infrastructure present on the land, including oil and gas wells, pipelines and electrical and telecommunication systems. This type of taxation overwhelmingly affects rural Albertans, because it is the primary source of income for municipalities. This means there is a particular sensitivity that comes from potential changes to the system. All over Alberta, the discussions surrounding a potential review of the linear assessment system are growing. Growing in volume and growing in number. With the opening of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) Conventions this week, the need for clarity is even more pronounced. The NDP government’s taxation policy since they have taken office has included increasing personal income and corporate taxes, as well as introducing a new carbon tax that will have profound negative impacts on both rural and urban families and communities.
The Progressive Conservative Caucus will continue to work with the local municipalities to make sure that any proposed changes to the linear taxation model will work with their priorities and needs. We will also work with AAMDC and the AUMA to make sure that their members are able to get the best possible deal out of the linear property taxation – a deal which ensures fair treatment for all municipalities. Most importantly, will listen carefully to all concerns and thoughts from local communities around the province and take them back to the Legislature to make sure that they are heard by this government.
Until NDP is able to provide clarity on their plans can demonstrate that they respect the needs and concerns of all Albertans, the Progressive Conservatives will be there hold them to account for their decisions and actions.