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RM proposes carbon tax relief in AMM resolution

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Council of the Rural Municipality (RM) of Dauphin is tackling the carbon tax with a resolution destined for the Association of Manitoba municipalities (AMM).
The resolution requests the AMM lobby the government of Canada to provide exemptions to municipalities from the federal carbon tax, because the RM feels it is unfair for levels of government to tax one another. And, as no exemptions have been extended to municipalities for select marked or purple fuels under the federal carbon tax, it continues to increase the burden on taxpayers.
Council agrees the tax is unfair, Reeve Ron Ryz said, as it is a tax on a tax.
“Basically what they would do is, the carbon tax is charged at 4.42 cents per litre for gasoline and 5.37 cents per litre for diesel. So there is that amount. And then whatever the total amount it comes to, then they charge GST on that amount. So GST is charged on the carbon tax,” he explained.
“What we’re talking about here is a carbon tax on the municipal use of fuel. Because we use a lot of fuel to blade roads and haul gravel and like, half tons and loaders and brush cutters.”
Before the resolution goes to the AMM, Ryz explained, it must first be presented at a district meeting in Gilbert Plains, June 12.
If the resolution is approved at the meeting, he said, it will be presented at the AMM convention in November 2019.
The AMM, Ryz added, covers all municipalities including cities and towns in the province of Manitoba, under eight districts.
The Parkland district represents the RM and City of Dauphin, plus the municipalities of Alonsa, Kelsey, Lakeshore, Ethelbert, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, McCreary, Minitonas-Bowsman, Mossey River, Mountain, Roblin, Ste. Rose, Swan River and Swan Valley West.
If the resolution is approved at the November convention, he added, the AMM would then lobby the federal government.
Ryz anticipates the resolution will pass at the district meeting and go on to the AMM convention.
“And then what they’ll do is, they’ll consolidate resolutions, because there might be more resolutions on this issue and it would be combined into one resolution,” he said.

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M. A. Nyquist
REPORTER
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