The Mayor of Strathcona County isn’t thrilled about the comments made by Mayor Don Iveson this week. Iveson says Edmonton can’t shoulder the cost of infrastructure without industrial taxes from surrounding areas.
He suggested a good place to start is on sharing costs of major road and interchange upgrades.
“What we can’t do is look at individual municipalities, or groups of municipalities, that have invested for many, many years in planning and development of, for example, Alberta’s industrial heartland,” explains Carr.
Carr says future industrial development could be a different story though.
“We have to look at the same things these original partners of Alberta’s industrial heartland look at,” explains Carr. “We have to look at the costs, the risks to our citizens, looking at air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution and the mitigation of that costs hundreds of millions of dollars, planning to attract industry costs hundreds of millions of dollars.”
She says if Edmonton wants some of the tax revenue, it will have to get involved in planning and development.
“We’re looking at investment here, we’re looking at costs of the future,” explains Carr. “Certainly in the future we would look at sharing what we all have invested in to build.”
Carr says all that planning and preparation costs of hundreds of millions of dollars and Edmonton would need to chip in.
“Founding members of that region put in hundreds of millions of dollars and spent years planning,” explains Carr. “We have been promoting globally for many years but if you want to talk about future development, that is different.”
Carr adds rural counties support the funding that already goes to Edmonton and Calgary because they have unique urban, high-density problems and respect the negotiations going on for a big cities charter. (twd)