Local Government Revenue

Year
2010
Category
Taxation
NCLGA Ref#
B30
UBCM Ref#
B75

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS BC local governments are facing insurmountable infrastructure deficits, in terms of maintaining their current and aging infrastructure, such as water and waste water systems; transportation systems; transit, solid-waste management, as well as community, recreational, cultural and social infrastructure;

AND WHEREAS BC local governments current ability to generate revenue through property taxes, various user fees and applying for grants is woefully inadequate to meet the demands being placed on them, and require a reliable and dedicated source of revenue that grows with the economy to significantly reduce the need for ongoing and unsustainable increases to property taxes, user fees and, water and sewer rates:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM call on the Federal Government to share revenue with BC local governments equivalent to 1% of the HST on an annual basis to help them fund important services and infrastructure to their citizens, as the Local Government deems is in the best interest of the community.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the federal government to share annually with local governments revenue equivalent to 1% of the HST.

However, members endorsed resolution 2007-B116, which requested that the federal government return to local governments one cent out of every six cents collected through the Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Actions: Referred to FCM