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According to the standard of prairie ghost city, the situation in Waskada village is very good.
It has a school, a credit union, a museum gem and a new mini
The oil boom, in the neon lights around, has seen dozens of derricks --
Canadian fields in yellow.
"In the past six months, six houses have changed hands, which doesn't sound very much, but it's big," said Mayor Gary Williams . ".
"It's crazy here.
"However, Waskada should not exist by the standards of mercenary taxpayers.
With 199 souls, Waskada is the smallest autonomous city in Manitoba and one of more than 30 "official" towns and rural cities with their own tax powers, although their residents were smaller than some apartment buildings in downtown Winnipeg, the City Council and the Constitution were elected.
The Municipal Act requires that a region be included in the 1,000 population, but they will not lose their status when municipalities contract.
So if Manitoba municipalities apply for registration today, 96, nearly half of the municipalities will not be eligible.
Like many marginal cities, Waskada is under moderate but frequent pressure from the province and policy experts to merge with one or two neighbors.
This pressure may increase as the rural population continues to decrease.
Professors at the University of Manitoba say that if the current demographic trend continues, there will be no residents in 43 cities by 2050.
Gordon Goldsboro is in the town of Manitoba and the modern history of RMs. "[C]
We have ignored the fact that the large number of municipalities in Manitoba is too small to justify their independence?
"There are more people living on a single street in Winnipeg than in some rural cities," wrote Goldsboro in the past.
President of Manitoba Historical Society
"Are each of these streets worthy of their own parliament and mayor?
"There are 201 local governments representing the population of about two people --
The size of Winnipeg is in its thirties, which means that there may be a chief administrative officer, an entertainment director, a community development officer, public works and maintenance personnel, and an administrative assistant or two in each city
Some cities are obviously dysfunctional.
La Broquerie's RM was recently shocked by corrup charges
Fraud and harassment when things happen recently
Cao accused some lawmakers of installing surveillance cameras to monitor staff and competitors.
The auditor general of Manitoba is investigating allegations of a conflict of interest in Saint Laurent RM, whose council is politically deadlocked.
Fewer and fewer people have left behind a group of capable citizens who are willing to work on details such as licensing and zoning rules, housing strategies, tripartite infrastructure funding, a large number of new water and sewage regulations, economic development and other aspects.
There were so few candidates in the last election that 31 city councils were well received.
When every municipality goes to vote this fall, that number may increase.
Rural Manitoba is already a crazy patchwork of planning areas, school boards, health areas, economic development zones and protected areas.
Each has its own boundary, with almost no matching boundary.
But they're big evidence. scale co-
Operations that already exist, especially in 116 RMs.
Many have joined forces to form 44 planning areas for joint land and transportation planning.
On the surface, these 44 regions look like reasonable templates for new merge boundaries.
At the same time, the basin area has also done a lot of work in drainage and environmental management.
In addition, many RMs have created regional economic development institutions to attract investment and residents into the region and reduce commercial competition between adjacent RMs.
If they have done so much together, the governance role of RMs has been weakened by the coalition
Does it make sense to run the organization, just to simplify things and merge? When tax-
The base is shrinking, costs are rising and economies of scale may make the need for modern services for Manitobans cheaper --
Clean water, garbage and recycling equipment
Good sewage treatment, paved roads, entertainment.
Research shows that there is sufficient evidence
City mergers like unity in Winnipeg don't really save money, but for small towns and RMs who strive to find cash and staff to provide basic services without paying the hike tax, this
In 2003, when former national development plan MLA MaryAnn Mihychuk served as Minister of Local Government, she noted in her speech to municipal politicians that only that year, one of them raised the property tax by ten or more per cent --
She then called it an unsustainable trend, which has since continued to grow rapidly.
She called on municipalities to uniteoperate more.
When Jin Li's RM merged with Jin Li a few years ago after a chaotic debate, the taxpayers there did see the initial savings.
In addition, the merger eliminates a worrying inequality: many people live in RM, but use the town service of Gimli without paying taxes to the town.
This is another compelling reason for the merger.
Does it actually make sense to hold elections for 300 or 400 of the population, pay politicians wages and organize council meetings?
Will the larger RMs increase the pool of municipal leaders to make the elections more competitive?
This is an old idea in Manitoba, where the boundaries of local government in Manitoba have not fundamentally changed since last century.
Although with the integration of small family farms, the rural population has decreased, schools and hospitals have been closed, and railway lines have been abandoned,
Leading rural residents to a large paved road
Box Shop in big town.
The population of almost every rural town, village and RM is shrinking.
In 1964, the Royal Commission recommended reducing the number of cities in Manitoba to less than 60.
Less than a decade later, the local Boundary Commission issued
This thoughtful report also tries to reduce the number of cities, mainly by aligning the boundaries of cities with those of rural school districts.
The commission said the province's outdated borders "pose a very serious threat to the province's municipal government," but said changes could only be made by the province through positive legislation.
The report says the leaders of small RMs and towns will never be separated from their local authorities.
Most of the committee's more radical proposals have been ignored.
Since the former Filmon government amended the municipal bill, even before that, action has been taken in the province
In the way of integration, it is preferred to gently encourage it, not to imply legislation.
About a year later, with provincial elections, the municipal merger will become a political minefield for the National Democratic Party, which needs rural elections to form a government.
The same is true of the Conservative Party, whose political base is outside the surrounding highway.
Ten years ago, the province tried to combine some of its ideas.
Incredibly, 786 cities and people are hesitant, and the municipal merger is one of the more controversial elements of the former Ontario Prime Minister Mike Harris Common Sense Revolution.
At the provincial council ministers meeting in Ottawa this week, narrowing the situation of towns and county governments was on the agenda.
During the breaks at these meetings, local government minister Ron Lemieux said that the town and RMs voluntarily merged and President AMM Doug Dobrovsky held the same view.
"We will not force the merger," said Lemieux . ".
"The municipalities themselves know the best about them.
"And, in recent years, some have voluntarily joined together --
Jinli and Jinli in 2003, Killani and Turtle Mountain in 2007, and now two shoals.
Lemieux noted that the financial situation of rural governments in Manitoba is very good, and it is true, based on the data released by the province under "access to information.
None of the RM's debt levels are worrying, and most have submitted considerable fiscal and tax plans to the province on time, and many, including Waskada, have a surplus.
But the gentle encouragement of the merger still happens.
At the large annual meeting of 201 cities in the province, Waskada's delegates were often called to meet temporarily with provincial officials who wanted to push the town and RM to marry.
Williams is not enthusiastic.
Like many small towns, he is concerned that specific services such as Waskada's garbage collection, fire and entertainment will be diluted or ignored by a large RM that pays more attention to the countryside.
Political scientists and rural advocates who study issues across Canada believe that local governments are closest to the people, most responsive and most responsible, but the arguments against mergers are mostly from the heart, born in a place that is loyal to the law, such as Waskada, it has been more than 100 years.
There is already a fair share between many municipalities.
The RM of Waskada and Brenda and some of the staff shared a neat town hall.
It is unclear whether melding will save any money for Waskada and Brenda.
Williams pointed out that the jury still did not decide whether the consolidation of the health zone was the right move.
And, as an official, registered town, there's a pride here that will be in-
Car GPS map gadget made by Waskada.
"What happened to us here seems to be good for us," Williams said . ".
"I don't see any reason to welcome the merger. "The mini-
When the province tried to coax Williams into merging, the oil boom gave him more ammunition.
This town is actually growing.
There will be more new students.
There are more schools this fall than just graduated, and Waskada is suffering from a housing shortage as oil workers start looking for jobs that are expected to last at least a decade.
Dobrowolski of AMM said: "You can't judge a community by population alone. "maryagnes. Welch @ freepress. mb.