County changing contributions

As they’ve done for several years Ponoka County council is supporting the Rimbey Horticultural Society’s annual Horticulture and Craft

As they’ve done for several years Ponoka County council is supporting the Rimbey Horticultural Society’s annual Horticulture and Craft Show.

Councillors agreed upon their usual donation of $100.

At the same meeting, July 16, the Ponoka Roping and Riding Association also requested Ponoka County be a sponsor at their year-end awards banquet.

Ponoka County recently adopted a new policy stating organizations could only apply for donations at a certain point during the year. “We just want to look at everything at the same time and judge them on their merits,” said Coun. Paul McLauchlin.

Many organizations aren’t aware of the policy and council isn’t strictly enforcing it until next year.

However, councillors decided to defer participating as a sponsor because the request from the Roping and Riding Association is one they haven’t received before.

They’ll re-evaluate the request, along with any other first-time requests they receive this year, next year at the designated time.

Council feels future dealings with requests will become harder because next year they’re losing designated provincial funds that would have gone to the organizations.

Unless the provincial drilling permits funding is extended for another year, as it was this year, the county’s general revenue funds will depreciate $650,000.

The Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding is another program terminated at the end of this year, said Cutforth. “So that’s $481,000 we will not have next year.”

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