Feedyard Owner Speaks to the Harshness of the Lethbridge County Infrastructure Tax

Lethbridge County unanimously passed its new infrastructure tax on Thursday. It will no doubt increase the tax load for livestock producers in the county.

Kasko Cattle Co. is a family-owned operation that runs a pair of feedyards and also farms in the county, so I called Ryan Kasko to discuss the new tax and how it will impact livestock producers, farmers and the economy of the county. Ryan shares how he feels about the possible impact of this tax, whether as a feedyard owner do he feels that paying more tax for infrastructure is justified, and whether there’s a better way for the county to increase revenue than this tax:

Related: Livestock Producers Could Bear the Brunt of a 25% Tax Increase in Lethbridge County

 

2 thoughts on “Feedyard Owner Speaks to the Harshness of the Lethbridge County Infrastructure Tax

  1. While Ryan speaks very clearly and intelligently from his point of view, I also don’t have a problem with the County attempting to target “high use” users. As Ryan also noted, paying more taxes is not the worst thing in the world, IF you are able to see results and improvements from that additional tax burden. Unfortunately, I have doubts that the County will turn the additional tax revenue into tangible improvements in County infrastructure. This is a slippery slope that the County is embarking upon. As noted by Shaun, dairies, poultry operations, and potato farms have higher traffic than traditional cereal/oilseed grain farms. I would suggest that this raises more questions than answers.

  2. Couple of comments. First, everyone is looking at this problem from a “how does it affect me?” point of view. This problem has been going on for at least 20 years (the argument of how to cost infrastructure) and the county finally had to deal with it. I can argue that the special tax on land will benefit me zero, nada, zip. I farm in the NW part of the county where roads and bridges are not a large issue. At the meeting that I attended, not one person said to put the full tax on livestock.
    Second, get rid of the on farm purple fuel benefit. Way too many cattle liner/super b/SUVs running all over the province with green stickers and not paying full road taxes and registration fees. Go to an off road only dyed fuel.
    Third, speed limits on heavy traffic. We all know who opposed this proposal. Why?
    I agree with many of Ryan’s points. However, many, like getting our share of fuel taxes back, will never happen. We just have to deal with it the best that we can.

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