From affordable housing, to refugee resettlement, to coping with climate change, and major infrastructure projects, the list of major issues facing municipal governments only seems to be getting longer.
But the tax revenue isn’t keeping pace.
That according to the U of A’s Director of Urban & Regional Planning.
Sandeep Agrawal says many responsibilities that used to be shared by other levels of government have been “downloaded” to the municipal level.
“What is happening is, most of this then lands on the residents of the city” he says, “who will have to pay for these things through property taxes.”
And, Agrawal tells the Alberta Morning News, besides those property taxes, cities have very few options to pay for those items.
“If you look at the financing of cities, they’re quite limited.” he says. “There are very [few] ways in which they can generate to make their ends meet.”
Agrawal says either the Federal or the Provincial governments need to allocate more tax dollars for municipal spending, or need to allow cities more powers to collect taxes. (ms, Alberta Morning News)