“We are facing massive demands and impacts on community and regional infrastructure, on our services, water supplies, and the environment and we believe that these impacts will know no borders and will impact all of our municipalities and electoral areas simultaneously,” write Lori Ackerman, Dale Bumstead, and Fred Jarvis. “We strongly believe that the reconstitution of a Regional Coalition is in the best mutual interests of all Peace Region Municipalities and electoral areas.”
Among their top concerns is the future of the Fair Share program, and they note similar coalitions were successful in securing Fair Share Agreements in 1994, 1997, and 2005. In the spring of 2013, Premier Christy Clark committed to extending the current revenue sharing agreement to 2030, but the mayors are still concerned about rumours of a provincial review of the how it is allocated.
“To ensure unilateral action by the Province is avoided our three communities have written to the Premier and Ministers expressing our support for continuation of the existing Fair Share program including its indexing and distribution formulas,” they explain. “We have also indicated that we would entertain a structured process to deal with extension of the Fair Share agreement as long as the process was structured and enshrined in a MOU mutually developed and agreed to by the Province and the Peace Region.”
The mayors have encouraged their counterparts to consider writing similar letters.
Should any of the municipal and electoral areas be interested in recreating a Regional Coalition, Taylor is prepared to hold an organizational meeting on January 30.