The Municipal District of Bonnyville annexed Improvement District 349, also known as the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, from the province on Apr. 28.
The M.D., instead of the Alberta government, will now act as the administrator of the funds, distributing the tax revenues collected from CLAWR to the neighbouring municipalities of Cold Lake, the Town of Bonnyville, and the Village of Glendon.
M. D. Reeve Greg Sawchuk is happy the amalgamation is complete.
“Council recognized the importance of securing the I.D.,” he said in a Apr. 30 news release. “A municipal boundary change of this magnitude is a huge deal.”
The M.D. will retain some of the CLAWR funds to maintain and repair the La Corey North Resource Road, which is the main traffic route to I.D. 349.
It will also collect three per cent of the annual tax revenue to cover administrative costs associated with the annexed lands.
The tax revenues will be dispersed as per the previously agreed-upon funding model, which is calculated based on the regional population, and the population of each of the three municipalities.