Sponsors: Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS the Provincial Government is desirous to enforce the new model of the fire rescue service:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM request that the Provincial Government fund the changes and the ongoing costs with the money they collect from the Insurance Premium Tax.
The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial government to fund fire and rescue services through the insurance premium tax (2009-B27; 2008-B13; 2006-B24; 2005-B13; 2004-B11; 2002-B14; 2001-B39).
The provincial government in responding noted that fire insurance premium tax imposed under the Fire Services Act was repealed in Budget 98, and clarified that the tax revenue generated from the 4.4 per cent tax paid by insurance companies on property insurance premiums is intended to be a general revenue source. The Province’s position is that directing insurance premium tax into general revenues is the appropriate use of the revenue, and any proposed transfer of tax revenue to local governments must be evaluated in the context of a balanced provincial budget and provincial program funding needs.