Cochrane, AB – The Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ caucus called on provincial party leaders to commit to developing a framework that ensures Alberta’s mid-sized communities can build a meaningful, working partnership with the provincial government that will support the needs of all Albertans.
The Mayors and CAOs of 22 Alberta municipalities gathered in Cochrane for their bi-annual caucus meeting. Following individual presentations and through subsequent question and answer sessions, caucus members advocated for the opportunity to work collaboratively with the leaders of Alberta’s political parties to build a renewed relationship that empowers mid-sized communities to make decisions about urban and local policy issues.
“Collectively, Alberta’s mid-sized communities represent one million Albertans,” said Town of Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung. “We need to work collaboratively with the Province to build public policy that benefits all Albertans. Today is a milestone in furthering that relationship.”
The Caucus, which formed more than 10 years ago, is calling on the leaders of Alberta’s political parties to bridge the boundaries between all levels of government to attract investment and trade, to diversify our economy, and to commit to legislated, predictable and stable funding for all Alberta communities.
“There is only one taxpayer in Alberta,” said Mayor Genung. “Through property taxes, municipalities only realize 8-10 cents of every tax dollar collected, while providing the services and infrastructure required to operate our communities. All Alberta communities, not just the two major urban centres, need equitable, legislated and indexed provincial revenue sharing.”
With a shared vision, the caucus is advocating the Provincial and Federal government on a number of priorities, including: commitment to predictable funding; opportunities for provincial revenue sharing; and collaborative development of well-informed and equitable solutions to the policing system.
The Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ Caucus is comprised of 22 urban centers, 35 provincial constituencies and a population of approximately one million Albertans. Collectively, the caucus develops strategies to respond to matters of mutual concern and advocates for the needs of Alberta’s mid-sized municipalities.