County Ends Current Cost Sharing Agreement with School Boards
Monday, November 30, 2020
Rocky View County is ending a 1998 agreement with area school boards that saw the boards automatically benefit from the proceeds generated from County municipal reserve land.
Under Alberta’s Municipal Government Act, a portion of the land in a development, or an equivalent cash payment, must be given to the municipality for the purpose of creating green spaces or parks and recreation areas. The County has been sharing the cash payments and the funding from any sale of this municipal reserve land with school boards. By the time the sharing agreement ends on December 1, the boards will have received a total of over $13 million.
“We’re strong supporters of education in Rocky View County. Our residents pay at least twice as much education property tax per capita as the residents of any other municipality in the region,” says Reeve Dan Henn. “In this case, we’re looking to modernize the agreements to better balance the needs of the County with the needs of school boards for funding.”
The County plans to negotiate a new agreement with the Rocky View School Division and the Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District in the coming months.
“Going forward, we can designate land specifically for school board purposes on a case-by-case basis, or make other accommodations as needed. We’ll still help out, but not with a system that automatically gives away half our municipal reserve funding when our residents are already doing so much to support education in this region,” Reeve Henn says.