Updated Municipal Government Act Proclaimed As Law

The updated Municipal Government Act (MGA) - which is legislation that guides how municipalities operate - was proclaimed as law on Thursday, October 26th. President of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and Mountain View County Division 7 Councillor Al Kemmere says, while collaboration is still important, we need to maintain local decision making.

Plenty of conversation has taken place over numerous years regarding the update of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and now the new rules for how local governments function and provide services to citizens has been proclaimed by law.
President of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and Mountain View County Division 7 Councillor Al Kemmere says the MGA update provides positive changes for rural municipal members and also changes that will create challenges.
Kemmere says the MGA update is a new document that focuses far more on collaboration.
For Mountain View County, Kemmere notes the MGA means they have to come up with 10 agreements with 10 municipalities that boarder the county.
He says challenges include trying to build agreements with their municipal neighbours within a two year timeline.
Kemmere says long term when these agreements are done, we will have more efficient use of tax dollars and better services being provided on a community basis.
According to the province, this is the first time in more than 20 years that wholesale changes have been made to the MGA.

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