Sponsors: Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership
Whereas Section 2 of the Community Charter states that the Provincial government must not assign responsibilities to municipalities unless there is provision for resources required to fulfill the responsibilities;
And whereas legislated changes have shifted responsibility for managing a wide range of complex issues, including but not limited to the significant impact of emergency response services onto local governments placing notable strain on local government resources:
Therefore be it resolved that NCLGA lobby the provincial government to ensure that adequate resources and funding are provided to local governments to fulfill the responsibilities that have been assigned to local governments.
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial government to cease downloading or offloading of services to local government (2009-B26, 2006-B80, 2004-B75, 2003-B9, 2002-SR1, 2002-B62, 2000-B19), and requesting that any downloaded services be accompanied by sufficient, sustainable revenues to be controlled by local governments (2006- B21, 2006-B98, 2004-B5, 2004-B133, 2003-A4, 2003-B82, 2001-B4, 2001-B25, 2001-B82).