Resolution: Municipal Funding

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WHEREAS operational costs continue to rise due to factors beyond municipal control, and provincial financial support has not kept pace; and

WHEREAS one in five property tax dollars collected by municipalities are transferred to the Province;

WHEREAS the legalization of cannabis is creating a new revenue source for both the federal and provincial governments, yet municipalities are incurring a significant portion of the associated costs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province freeze mandatory education payments for each municipality at 2017 levels; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Province increase its annual funding for the municipal equalization program by $20 million over three years, beginning in 2019; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of Nova Scotia cost share 50/50 in all municipal projects required to comply with the Accessibility Act, if those projects do not receive other funding, beginning in 2019; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Province provide municipalities with a substantial share of all the related tax revenues being generated through the sale of cannabis.