By Barb Glen
Lethbridge County says its $3 per animal unit tax is needed to fix bridges and roads
Five owners of large feedlot operations in southern Alberta have filed a court challenge to new Lethbridge County business tax plans.
The cattle feeders object to a $3-per-animal-unit tax passed by county council in April, which it imposed to help pay for road and bridge improvements.
They also oppose a special tax on farmland passed at the same time. “This is the biggest donnybrook you’ve ever seen,” said Rick Paskal of VRP Farms, one of the challengers to the new taxes.
“I’m a concerned ratepayer who understands that I have a responsibility to pay my fair share of tax. As a livestock producer, I feel that I have been unfairly targeted, and despite my efforts to collaborate with the county, they have refused to listen to my concerns.”
Other feedlot owners involved in the challenge, some of the largest in the county that is sometimes referred to as feedlot alley, include John Vander Heyden of Grandview Cattle Feeders, Glenn Thompson of Thompson Livestock, John Schooten of Schooten and Sons Custom Feedyard and Lyle Adams of 6A Cattle Co.
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