LETHBRIDGE: Municipalities need more control over how taxpayers money is spent in their communities, according to the leader of the Alberta Party.
Glenn Taylor spoke at SACPA (Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs) Thursday. He explained that they want to see municipalities get more control over how taxpayer money is spent in their communities, instead of having to come to the province for grant funding for every major project.
Taylor said we need to get away from the idea that "daddy knows best", stating that local officials know what their community wants and needs, and they generally have the best plan to deal with it.
Taylor also commented that when communities come to the province for funding support, the most money usually goes to the centre that has the best grant proposal writers, not necessarily the best projects. He went on to say that in those cases, it's the smaller towns and villages throughout Alberta that suffer, as they don't have the extra staff and time to prepare plans to the same level as places like Calgary and Edmonton.
He explained that should the Alberta Party take power in a provincial election expected next spring, they would shift a great deal of power to communities.