Voters in Fort Nelson will have one more decision to make this November 15—besides picking a mayor and council, they’ll also be voting on whether to change their municipal structure.
The referendum will decide whether the Northern Rockies Regional District and the city of Fort Nelson will amalgamate their governance. If the resolution passes, the Northern Rockies Regional Board and the Fort Nelson town council will become one unified government. The move would also see unified administration, operations and service delivery.
Additionally, the amalgamation would create a fully integrated system of finance and taxation, which would allow for one general tax levy over the region’s entire tax base. The new municipality would provide the area with the autonomy and power of both a regional district and a municipality.
Fort Nelson Mayor Chris Morey says the city feels that the resolution’s time has come, and she’s hopeful citizens will vote in favour.
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If the resolution passes, the two areas will become the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, the first regional municipality in British Columbia.