Tax revolt? Unpaid taxes from energy companies to Alberta cities more than doubled

Rural Alberta municipalities say the amount of unpaid property taxes owed by oil and gas companies has more than doubled in the past year.

The association says it is owed a total of $ 173 million – a 114 percent increase from last spring.

Years of low oil prices have left many small producers in dire straits.

But rural officials say recent court rulings have left them powerless to collect taxes owed them by financially troubled businesses.

In addition, they say the provincial government recently ended a program that paid them back money lost by reducing taxes for certain types of wells.

Ponoka County Reeve Paul McLauchlin, where unpaid taxes make up about 10% of overall revenue, suggests non-payment amounts to a tax revolt from an industry seeking to cut costs wherever it can. .

He says some of these taxes are owed by businesses that are still in business and viable.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 20, 2020

The Canadian Press

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