A Lethbridge County tax adds another burden to some as Western Feedlots halts operations
by Barb Glen
In the wake of the pending closure of Western Feedlots, one of the largest such operations in Alberta, a group of southern Alberta feedlot owners says a new municipal tax puts even more pressure on their ability to operate.
Lethbridge County has imposed a $3 per animal unit tax on livestock producers as a way of raising funds it says are needed to upgrade rural roads and bridges that form the market access network. That amount is slated to increase to $4 in 2017.
Six feedlot owners, who together make up the bulk of fed cattle operations in Alberta’s so-called feedlot alley, have filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming the tax puts an unfair burden on the sector.
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