RM 220 Ratepayers Association Legal

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Raised by 38 people in 10 months
The RM of McKillop 220 Council and Administrator have blown through not only the entire budget for the 2018 year but the 2 million dollar reserve fund they had 2 years ago.

On August 10th, 2018 the usual bloc vote on RM Council supported motions to increase the 2018 tax levy  collected 176%  in the RM of McKillop 220. The RPA needs your help to stop this - whatever it is (mismanagement, fraud, breach of trust, theft, municipal corruption).

We need volunteers to assist with: the preparation of several complaints to the RCMP, legal services, filling out forms to apply to the Queen’s Bench to quash RM tax resolutions, organizing a letter writing campaign to politicians, media consulting, expertise with accounting, CRA/GST knowledge, local government bankruptcy knowledge, and volunteers to collect various RM documents (which requires effort akin to pulling teeth out of a Tasmanian devil).


If you can’t volunteer but would like to donate to the costs of our efforts to hold this RM Council, Administrator and lawyer accountable please make a donation.

Thank you.

Posted January 2018

The RM 220 Ratepayers Association is a citizen's group dedicated to ensuring fair taxes, minimizing waste, reducing spending and holding the RM of McKillop No. 220 Council accountable.

After collecting over 400 ratepayer signatures (we only required 244 signatures) to conduct financial and management audits of the RM Council and Administrator, Reeve Howard Arndt wrote to a local newspaper and called the ratepayers who participated in the petitions 'minions'!! 

This is a rather dim view to take of over 400 ratepayers who contribute a fairly hefty sum to the RM's coffers and displays a certain amount of contempt for the idea of accountability in government.

The RM Administrator deemed the petitions for both the financial and management audit insufficient and threw them out. We have now obtained evidence that she did not do her duty as per The Municipalities Act. 

Volunteers with the Ratepayers Association have personally spent close to $2,000 on legal fees to protect everyone's consitutional right to petition our publicly elected officials and clean up our Rural Municipality. Join these volunteers by donating to our legal costs today so that we can continue to try and hold the RM of McKillop Council accountable until the next required municipal election in October 2018.

Donations can be made by cash or cheque (please contact us at rm220rpa@gmail.com) or this online website.

Thanks for reading this. We are grateful for all the support of our volunteers.

Coming Soon - An RM 220 RPA website with more information on how the RM is spending ratepayer's tax dollars.

Any unused funds will be refunded.
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Hello Everyone,

As many of you know legal action with MLT Aikins law firm has been started to challenge the RM's tax increase. Please visit www.rps220.ca for more information.

We thank you for your donation to the GoFundMe page but now encourage you to direct your donation to the legal challenge to quash the RM tax bylaws. People are being encouraged to contribute a minimum of $250.

Having said that, the RPA is still in need of financial support for the advertising campaign on the 'change the RM division boundary' referendum. A win on this referendum would trigger an election in the 6 new divisions, hopefully a change of RM Council members and hope for a financially competent Council.

I am requesting you send me an email directing me what you would like done with your donation (minus the 3.5% service fee). Here are the options for people who donated within the last month:
1) I can send you an e-transfer (easiest and least expensive for me).
2) I can send you a cheque if you provide your address.
3) I can transfer the donation and your name to the MLT Aikins legal fund to challenge the tax increase. If the donation is less than $250 you should contact Devon Hack at devon@thehacks.ca to discuss your contribution amount.
4) You can leave your donation in GoFundMe to support the advertising campaign for the boundary change referendum.

Thanks again for your support. I will be looking for an email from you by Friday September 21st regarding which option you would like to pursue.

If I don't hear from you we will transfer your donation to the legal challenge of the tax bylaws.

Have a good day,

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