City denounces Bill 202

Red Deer residents would likely see their property taxes rise if a municipal auditor general’s office is created, says Mayor Morris Flewwelling.

Red Deer residents would likely see their property taxes rise if a municipal auditor general’s office is created, says Mayor Morris Flewwelling.

Flewwelling said the average citizen should be concerned if Bill 202, a private member’s bill, receives approval in the Alberta legislature.

This Municipal Government Act would create an office of the municipal auditor general, which would conduct performance audits of municipalities to ensure they are spending taxpayer money wisely. That office is expected to cost the province between $500,000 and $700,000 to create.

But city officials are concerned as to who will pay for the increased scope of work that the municipal auditors will have to do. “It will mean extra work for city staff and increased audit costs,” said Flewwelling.

On Monday, council approved administration to write a letter of concern to the Standing Committee on Community Services, which is seeking input. The city would also like someone from the province to give a presentation on the proposed bill.

Councillor Lynne Mulder said the proposed bill makes her “blood boil over.”

“We already have an auditor that audits our own books,” she said later. “We are committed to improving all that we do in terms of financial practices and procedures.”

Calgary-Hays MLA Art Johnson put forward the bill because he found that there is an auditor general at provincial and federal levels, but not at the municipal level.

He hopes a municipal auditor general could help determine whether improvements need to be made and thereby help communities save money.

Councillor Larry Pimm said this new office would only muddle an already complicated process.

Just Posted

Bighorn Country telephone town hall for Red Deer area set for Wednesday

Residents can phone in from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to hear about the project or ask questions

Central Alberta real estate sales follow a familiar pattern

2018 house sale numbers mirror 2017 in central Alberta

Red Deer hospital settles dispute, welcomes neonatal nurse

A dispute over nursing levels at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s emergency… Continue reading

Drumheller-Stettler MLA quits UCP

Rick Strankman to sit as Independent

UPDATED: Missing Innisfail and Red Deer children found safe

RCMP say two missing central Alberta children have been located in Airdrie,… Continue reading

Lucic, Kassian each score twice to power Oilers in 7-2 win over Sabres

EDMONTON — Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of… Continue reading

Big Valley family gives back to community

Donates $24,560 to Stettler Health Foundation and Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital

Giordano notches three points to lead Flames in 7-1 blowout of Coyotes

CALGARY — Flames captain Mark Giordano celebrated his 800th NHL game in… Continue reading

All-female team out to prove women racers aren’t a gimmick

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every racing series in the world is full… Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to debut on April 14

NEW YORK — “Game of Thrones” fans, get ready. HBO announced Sunday… Continue reading

Kylie Jenner loses record for most-liked Instagram post

NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement is no longer the most-liked… Continue reading

Study shows black bears need a variety of salmon species to be healthy

VANCOUVER — Black bears need access to different species of salmon rather… Continue reading

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor… Continue reading

Most Read