City of Fort St. John stands behind Resource Coalition

first_imgWhen the Coalition was announced in September, their mandate was to protect and enhance resource municipalities, maximize B.C. workers, good and services, cumulative resource infrastructure planning, protect the environment, collaborate and partner with First Nations, and protect and extend existing funding agreements.The City of Fort St. John says they stand firmly behind the mandate of the Coalition says Mayor Lori Ackerman.  “We understand that every municipal government needs to do what they believe is best for their community, we respect their individual autonomy and wish them well. Fort St. John continues to believe that the foundation of success in creating permanent and strong communities is research into the impacts of industry growth on municipalities.”According to the City of Fort St. John, communities who have left the Coalition cited differences in philosophy and have expressed a desire to renegotiate the existing Fair Share agreement with the Province.  That agreement doesn’t expire until 2020 and the City is opposed to renegotiating the current agreement.- Advertisement -The District of Taylor, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and the City of Fort St. John will continue to will advocate for a permanent arrangement with the Province in order that a predictable and permanent source of industrial tax base revenue is available to ensure we have the capacity to support the needs of the Province and industry in developing the vast resources of Northeastern BC.last_img read more