Many of the items addressed in Bill 8, more commonly referred to as An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government Released, which is expected to be passed in the spring legislative session, are actions the County of Wetaskiwin already holds important, and county council accepted a Bill 8 update as information during its April 19 general meeting.
The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) provided the member update and was seeking council input regarding the legislation. The lobby group wanted to know if there was anything councillors had to say on the matter.
“The legislation is already there and I’m not sure we can provide a lot of input,” said CAO Frank Coutney.
The legislation addresses new areas of the Municipal Government Act, as well as revised existing provision, including: Collaboration with Indigenous communities, parental leave, environmental well-being, notification of amalgamation and annexations, intermunicipal offsite levies, conservation reserves, compliance in the link tax rate ratio, tax exemptions and corrections to assessments under complaint.