Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 03/2/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
MANITOBA'S municipalities want a piece of the action like Saskatchewan gets from urban reserves, along with land-compensation fees sister towns collect across the provincial border.
"Saskatchewan has set the bar and the other provinces are saying, 'Hey, wait a minute,' " Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski said after a recent forum.
"Maybe you can't make the (exact same deal) but you have to up the ante," he said.
Dobrowolski and senior association executives were at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba to talk up a joint campaign for more urban reserves in Manitoba.
They want to work with First Nations, but up to now Manitoba municipalities have been largely left out of the urban-reserve debate.
Manitoba's municipalities are struggling under a growing infrastructure deficit, with budgets stretched thinner every year.
Compensation for land and subsequent commercial spinoffs from successful land development on urban reserves could go a long way to ease that strain.
"We all need to play a role in this, and it's unfortunate that municipalities are left out until the end. We are your neighbours and we want to work with you," Dobrowolski said.
If municipalities back First Nations on urban reserves, the federal and provincial governments will have to give them both better deals, he argued.
Lengthy processes to convert private and public Crown lands into urban reserves can take years to complete. That stalls development.
Another problem for municipalities is lost taxes for the value of the land, separate from sewer, water, police and fire services paid in lieu of taxes every year.
"There is hardly sufficient incentive for municipalities to pursue TLE (Treaty Land Entitlement) settlements since it represents a considerable loss in tax revenue over the long term," Dobrowolski said in his speech.
The forum followed a Saskatchewan delegation that travelled to Winnipeg recently.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 A8
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Ouellette attracted unlikely voters to make inroads into downtown neighbourhoods
After the fire: First Nation, trappers struggle to rebound after massive blaze
Early morning West End multi-car crash sends two to hospital
Last chance for unseasonal warm weather
Parents, kids rally for dyslexia programs
Wild rice crops take hit from weather
Police pursue search of Winkler-area park for missing teen
School bursting with students — and pride
Parliamentary staff kept in the dark
Officers to help stop hockey woes
Bowman becomes Winnipeg's first indigenous mayor
Bipole III called 'dumbest decision'
Milestone for female trustees
Doug's weekend weather
Tina's mother weeps
Ebola ruled out in four possible scares
After the attack
Inquests ordered into deaths of two inmates
Helping with arthritis challenges
Percevoir le handicap autrement
Innocence long lost, but let's keep hardness at bay
Trending that caught Doug's eye: Super fit superstars
Random acts of kindness