Oil and Gas Assessment Changes
Kneehill County needs your support!
Kneehill County has been notified of changes proposed by the Province of Alberta that would reduce property taxes for some oil and gas companies through changes to the way their assessment is conducted.
These assessment changes would reduce property taxes for some oil and gas companies, shifting the tax burden from industry to County residents, commercial properties, and local businesses.
The four assessment scenarios proposed by the Province would result in significant tax revenue loss for the County, ranging from $3.5 million (best case) to $7.3 million (worst case). For Kneehill County to recoup this substantial loss, drastic cuts to services, extreme tax increases, and service fee escalations would be required. Support traditionally given to local municipalities, recreation facilities, and community groups would also be in jeopardy.
“The Province needs to hear from you, our residents and ratepayers, before they come to a decision. We urge you to speak out about the proposed changes. Once the decision is made—which should happen in the next few weeks—it will be virtually impossible to reverse.”
- Kneehill County Reeve, Jerry Wittstock
What can you do?
We encourage County residents to become informed about the potential impacts of these changes and to voice your concerns:
Contact MLA Nathan Cooper
Phone: 403.556.3132 or 780.427.2464
Contact Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard
Kneehill County Councillors continue to engage the Province and work with the RMA (Rural Municipalities of Alberta) to advocate on your behalf. Please continue following Kneehill County for updates on this issue, and call your local Councillor if you have questions about these changes.
Assessment Review Presentation, from the August 18, 2020 Council Meeting.
Representatives from Kneehill County and Wheatland County met with Nathan Cooper, MLA for Olds/Didsbury/Three Hills on August 4, 2020, to lobby against the proposed changes to Oil and Gas Assessment announced by the Province of Alberta. Read on for more information...
The Province of Alberta has proposed changes that would reduce property taxes for some oil and gas companies and have severe impacts on the County and our residents. Read on...
Municipalities throughout Alberta are expressing concern over these proposed changes. Read on below...
- Assessment Model Review Presentation, August 18 Council Meeting
- Assessment Model Position Statements
- Assessment Model Review Impacts Report - Kneehill
- AMR Outcomes Summary - Final Detailed Information
- Assessment Model Review Presentation (PDF)
- RMA Cross-Jurisdictional Municipal Financial Comparison August 2020