The District of Taylor has renewed its membership in the Resource Municipalities Coalition.
Council pledged another three years of support at its Aug. 4 meeting, with an annual cost of $15,703.61 through to the end December 2023.
The renewal comes following an report update from the coalition's executive director, Mike Whalley.
“I think it’s a good report, it reflects what we’ve been doing,” said Mayor Rob Fraser.
Of particular note, Fraser says the district will be keeping close tabs on the coalition’s pending analysis of the rail system in northern B.C. The contract for the study is due to be let at the end of August and completed within the next year.
“Going forward the most important is the rail study that we’re planning on doing, really understanding what the economic output of that railroad is, what it means to this whole region, and actually the whole north part of B.C.,” said Fraser.
The coalition formed in September 2014 to represent the interests of local governments in resource development issues. Its current membership includes Fort St. John, Taylor, Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge, and Mackenzie.
Fort St. John is by far the largest member and funder of the coalition, and has spent $1.64 million on it since 2014, or roughly $275,000 per year.
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