Alberta’s rural municipalities say the volume of unpaid home taxes they’re owed by oil and gasoline firms has more than doubled above the earlier 12 months.
The association says they are owed a overall of $173 million — a 114 per cent raise above last spring.
Many years of low oil charges have remaining many modest producers in dire straits.
But rural officers say new courtroom decisions have left them powerless to accumulate tax money owed them by fiscally troubled businesses.
As nicely, they say the provincial governing administration a short while ago finished a program which refunded them cash they shed by reducing taxes for selected kinds of wells.
Reeve Paul McLauchlin of Ponoka County, the place unpaid taxes amount to about 10 for each cent of all round revenues, implies the non-payment amounts to a tax revolt by an industry hunting to slash fees wherever it can.
He claims some of people taxes are owed by firms that are nonetheless functioning and viable.
This report by The Canadian Push was to start with revealed Jan. 20, 2020
The Canadian Push