While negotiations continue between Whitecourt and Woodlands County to create a new intermunicipal cost-share agreement, the Town of Whitecourt has voted to extend the existing cost-share agreement with Woodlands for another year.
The existing cost-share agreement expires this December 31st, but now the deadline will be extended until December 31st, 2020.
The move comes after the Minister of Municipal Affairs recommended the current agreement be extended to allow for services to continue for both Whitecourt and Woodlands County residents while both parties work to create and finalize a new agreement.
Services in the agreement that are being extended include recreation, fire protection, cemetery, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), library, police protection, joint economic development (Whitecourt Woodlands Tourism), and Linear Revenue Sharing at 10.4% of total linear assessment for Woodlands County.
At their meeting on November 12th, Town Council said the decision to extend the agreement is in keeping good faith with the County as they move forward.