The first steps were taken Wednesday morning for White City and neighbouring Emerald Park to become a single municipality
White City town council has officially given notice to the RM of Edenwold that they will be pursuing a boundary alteration to include White City, Emerald Park, and other sub-divisions in the area.
White City Mayor Bruce Evans says while some people may be concerned about an increase in municipal taxes, there would actually be a decrease taking effect.
“We’ve done an analysis of property taxes, and the net effect will be that there will be a reduction in taxes,” Evans says. “Not a significant one for residential, but some, and a more significant reduction in taxes for the businesses within our community.”
The area included in the potential boundary alteration was forecasted to grow in population to exceed 22,000 people by 2045.
Evans says preliminary talks with the RM have gone well thus far.
“I don’t want to put words in the mouth of the Reeve (Mitchell Huber), but he did indicate that if the majority of the folks in Emerald Park thought that this was a good idea, they would cooperate,” Evans says. “That position may change, as I said I don’t want to be putting words in their mouth, I’m sure they’ll have no doubt an official reaction once they’ve had a chance to review the information.”
Evans later stated more recreational facilities and a High School will also need to be built ahead of White City and Emerald Park becoming one.