Southern Alberta feedlot operators are calling on the NDP government to overturn a head tax on cattle imposed by Lethbridge County last spring.
They say it will result in more cattle feeders going out of business.
Rick Paskal, president of Van Raay Paskal Farms, says he and seven other operators have also launched a lawsuit demanding the county’s $3-per-head tax on intensive cattle operations be reversed.
But Alberta Municipal Affairs says it doesn’t have the authority to force the southern Alberta county to make the change.
However they say the department has met with the cattle feeders association and is considering its opinion as part of a wider proposed modernization of the province’s Municipal Government Act.
The county says the tax is needed to pay for upgrading roads and bridges.