Liquor Tax

Year
2019
Category
Taxation
NCLGA Ref#
R28
UBCM Ref#
C25

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

Whereas alcohol consumption contributes to increased demand for policing services;

And whereas the provincial government receives substantial revenues from the sales of liquor:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA lobby the provincial government to direct a portion of liquor sales revenues to local governments to offset the additional policing that results from alcohol sales.

Additional Information

NOT ADMITTED FOR DEBATE AT UBCM

Responses

The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership endorsed a similar resolution in 2004-B49 which asked the Province to provide a portion of the liquor tax to local governments to defray the cost of policing.

Members have also endorsed related resolutions that call for the Province to share liquor tax revenue with local governments for:

·       resourcing liquor license inspectors, alcohol addiction treatment services, policing of liquor licensed establishments and of liquor related offences and late night transit to reduce drinking and driving (2014-B60);

·       drug and alcohol awareness and prevention programs (2011-B26); and

·       detox facilities and to fund homeless and homeless-at-risk shelters (2004-B111).

North Central Local Government Association