RWG pro­vides up­date fol­low­ing Aug. 20 meet­ing

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - Con­tributed

The Re­gion­al­iza­tion Work­ing Group (RWG) met Au­gust 20, 2019 to con­tinue dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a pro­posal to amal­ga­mate the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Brooks, Bas­sano and the County of Newell.

The “In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Anal­y­sis” RWG meet­ings will con­tinue through to the end of Oc­to­ber. Pub­lic Con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings will be held in Novem­ber and af­ter a re­view of pub­lic feed­back, a de­ci­sion will be made in De­cem­ber whether to pro­ceed with an ap­pli­ca­tion for amal­ga­ma­tion.

The RWG gov­er­nance model rec­om­men­da­tion that pro­poses one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Bas­sano, five from Brooks and five from the County of Newell (with a chair­per­son se­lected from the group of eleven) has been de­liv­ered to each of the three mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils. Each coun­cil voted in fa­vor of this pro­posal at their sched­uled meet­ings.

The RWG re­viewed a re­cent video of Pre­mier Ja­son Ken­ney in con­ver­sa­tion with a mu­nic­i­pal leader. In the video, the pre­mier made a clear state­ment that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must be pro­vid­ing tax re­lief for Al­berta busi­nesses. The RWG will be seek­ing some clar­ity and sup­port from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing the amal­ga­ma­tion process since the pur­pose of amal­ga­ma­tion is to save money and re­duce taxes for the re­gion as a whole. The process the RWG is fol­low­ing has been fi­nan­cially supported by a grant from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Tom Rose, Bas­sano Deputy Mayor, will be re­plac­ing coun­cil­lor Jackie Seely on the RWG be­gin­ning next meet­ing which was on Sept. 4.

The RWG en­cour­ages con­cerned cit­i­zens to talk per­son­ally with their lo­cal coun­cil­lors or the mem­bers of the RWG: Ron Wick­son and Tom Rose from Bas­sano, Barry Mor­ishita and John Petrie from Brooks and Molly Dou­glass and Clarence Amu­lung from the County of Newell.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.re­gion­alwg.ca or con­tact your lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal of­fice. If you wish to sub­scribe to the RWG eNewslet­ter you may do so on the web­site by click­ing the link un­der the FAQ tab.

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