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24 Nov, 6 tweets, 3 min read
1/ Federal-provincial equalization may be a topic of much debate in Canada, but an equal or greater economic case can be made for equalization transfer payments between provinces and municipalities. IMFG - Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance  The Ur
2/ In a new paper, the late Richard M. Bird and IMFG Director Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design. They argue that no province provides adequate equalization for municipalities. Although almost all provinces do offer some general financia
3/ Just as the federal government provides equalization transfers to ensure that all provinces can provide a comparable level of service at a comparable tax rate, provinces should ensure that all municipalities in the province can do the same. "Because local governments are the responsibility of pr
4/ While some provinces offer municipalities conditional grants, a proper equalization transfer system requires a guaranteed, adequate revenue flow that allows municipalities to spend the funds as they choose. "If municipalities with different capacities and needs
5/ The authors take a critical look at the mechanics of such a transfer, and how it should ideally operate. Issues that first need to be resolved range from determining how local needs are calculated to ascertaining how municipal fiscal capacity is measured. "Assuming it is clear just what level of government has
Fin/ Bird and Slack conclude with some suggestions for what is needed to devise fair, efficient, and transparent provincial-municipal equalization systems. The one-pager shows six specific issues they think need to be considered to improve design.

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