Municipality subsidizes use of recreation facilities for residents

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The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford has committed to helping finance the use of recreational facilities in other municipalities for residents.

At the council meeting on June 26, 2017 council passed a resolution for a recreation subsidy. This means that residents who are charged a user fee for using recreation facilities outside of the municipality can bring the receipt to the municipal offices to be reimbursed up to $200 per resident per year.

This decision was made after much consultation with the municipality’s recreation committee and the public. Smiths Falls had put in a request for funding to the municipality earlier in the year to allow the residents of Merrickville-Wolford to use their facilities without a surcharge. However, it was decided that rather than allocate the entire budget to one municipality it would be better to ensure the money goes towards the various facilities that are used by Merrickville-Wolford residents in the surrounding area, which includes Smiths Falls, North Grenville and Brockville.

“It makes more economic sense to me,” says councillor Chuck MacInnis. “This way it’s spread out to where we need it.”

The budget earmarked for this subsidy is $25,600. Any excess funds at the end of the year will be rolled over into a recreation reserve fund to be used for future recreation projects and services in the municipality.

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