By Justin Seward
Cypress County looks forward to working with the newly appointed Municipal Affairs minister Tracy Allard on a range of issues.
Premier Jason Kenney appointed Allard to that minister position as a part of a cabinet shuffle last week.
“We look forward to working with the new minister on a range of municipal issues and opportunities , said Reeve Dan Hamilton.
“Certainly the most significant issue we’re facing right now involves proposes changes to oil and gas property assessments, and we are keen to speak to the minister on this topic.”
The issue arose late last month when the county joined the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) and other rural municipalities across the province to express their concerns that will reduce county revenues currently provided through property taxes of oil and gas companies.
Since that announcement, county officials have been having discussions will local MLAs Drew Barnes and Michaela Glasgo.
“The discussions with Mr. Barnes and Ms. Glasgo have been quite positive,” said Hamilton.
“Both have expressed an understanding of the potential impact on our residents.”
Residents have played an important part on this issue.
“Many residents took the time to contact their local MLAs to voice their thoughts on this matter,” he said.
“This is a complex issue; we want to thank you for being engaged and taking action. It has made a difference.”