NWT Association of Communities general meeting wraps up

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Yellowknife, NWT – Yellowknife’s mayor is back in the city after attending the Northwest Territories Association of Communities annual general meeting in Inuvik last week.

Mark Heyck says most of the NWT’s 33 communities were represented.

He says one of the main items on the agenda is how the GNWT funds municipal governments.

Heyck says a resolution called for the territorial government to take a fresh look at its funding model.

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“The GNWT provides three main funding pots for municipal governments. They fund in their three capital funding needs, operations and maintenance funding needs and water and sewer work that municipalities do. It’s been about seven years since there was a review of how that funding works and the formula that are used to disperse that funding.”

Heyck says community leaders want the GNWT to index community funding so it keeps pace with inflation and the rising costs of providing municipal services like fire, ambulance and garbage pick-up.

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