RWG provides update following Aug. 20 meeting
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.