Municipalities getting county funding

Red Deer County is providing a big funding boost to the urban municipalities within its borders. Under a new policy passed unanimously on Tuesday, the county will distribute $627,000 among its seven urban municipalities, up from $390,000.

Red Deer County is providing a big funding boost to the urban municipalities within its borders.

Under a new policy passed unanimously on Tuesday, the county will distribute $627,000 among its seven urban municipalities, up from $390,000.

The county launched its review of intermunicipal recreation and culture agreements because the five-year deals were expiring.

Under a new formula, each community will be given a base grant. Villages will get $2,500, towns under 5,000 population $25,000, larger towns $50,000 and City of Red Deer $105,000.

The agreements also cover Bowden, Innisfail, Penhold, Sylvan Lake, Delburne and Elnora.

As well, communities will receive a $20 per capita allocation based on the number of county residents served by the community as part of a five-year deal. The per capita grant rises to $25 for the last two years of the agreement.

Coun. Penny Archibald gave the new deal her support.

“I think we’re being very fair now and we are paying our own way.”

The agreements are in place so county residents are not charged more to use urban facilities and programs

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