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Willow Creek MD contributed $4.6-million to towns past three years

From 2013-’15, the MD of Willow Creek provided $4.6-million in operating and capital funding to the five towns within its boundaries, covering everything from recreation and cemeteries to firefighting equipment.
Council reviewed a report presented May 20 by MD of Willow Creek finance director Johanne Hannas outlining those financial contributions.
The report states over the past three years the following financial contributions have been made:

  • Claresholm, $946,064.
  • Fort Macleod, $417,256.
  • Granum, $503,477.
  • Nanton, $554,013.
  • Stavely, $503,477.

Those contributions are broken down as follows:
Claresholm
In 2013, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $96,589, consisting of grants to Family and Community Support Services (FCSS); fire departments; firefighter insurance; transportation; cemeteries; recreation; Canada Day celebrations; the library; and events and activities through discretionary grants.
In 2014, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $99,875, and so far in 2015 it has contributed $82,960, including $12,500 for the Southern Alberta Summer Games.
Capital purchases from 2013-’15 total $946,064, made up of $227,325 for a firefighting tanker truck; $142,239 for a medical co-response unit; $49,800 for firefighters’ breathing apparatus; $20,000 for life paks; and $506,700 for 100 per cent ownership of the Claresholm medical clinic.
Special levies have totalled $72,347 for a curling rink compressor and paving at the community centre.
Fort Macleod
In 2013, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $109,861, consisting of grants to FCSS; fire departments; firefighter insurance; transportation; recycling; cemeteries; recreation; Canada Day celebrations; the library; and events and activities through discretionary grants.
In 2014, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $113,861, and so far in 2015 it has contributed $100,300.
Capital purchases from 2013-’15 total $417,256, made up of $227,325 for a firefighting tanker truck; $12,600 for Jaws of Life; $7,331 for a fill station; $150,000 for a medical co-response unit; and $20,000 for life paks.
Special levies have totalled $138,000 for the arena and a playground.
Granum
In 2013, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $43,440, consisting of grants to FCSS; fire departments; firefighter insurance; recycling; cemeteries; recreation; Canada Day celebrations; the library; and events and activities through discretionary grants.
In 2014, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $52,007, including $10,167 to a reserve for the Granum seed-cleaning plant, and so far in 2015 it has contributed $40,648.
Capital purchases from 2013-’15 total $503,477, made up of $227,325 for a firefighting tanker truck; $267,852 for a firefighting pumper truck; and $8,300 for firefighters’ breathing apparatus.
Nanton
In 2013, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $113,170, consisting of grants to FCSS; fire departments; firefighter insurance; 15 per cent of community peace officer administrative fees; transportation; recycling; cemeteries; recreation; Canada Day celebrations; the library; and events and activities through discretionary grants.
In 2014, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $113,861, including $105,000 for a town fire truck and $10,000 for physician recruitment, and so far in 2015 it has contributed $103,761.
Capital purchases from 2013-’15 total $554,013, made up of $267,844 for a firefighting truck; $142,239 for a medical co-response unit; and $143,930 for 33 per cent ownership of the Nanton medical clinic.
Special levies have totalled $120,000 for the Nanton arena.
Stavely
In 2013, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $60,410, consisting of grants to FCSS; firefighter insurance; recycling; $2,135 for a Stavely recycling trailer for this year only; cemeteries; recreation; Canada Day celebrations; the library; and events and activities through discretionary grants.
In 2014, the MD of Willow Creek contributed $55,175, and so far in 2015 it has contributed $51,042.
Capital purchases from 2013 to 2015 total $503,477, made up of $227,325 for a firefighting tanker truck; $267,852 for a firefighting pumper truck; and $8,300 for firefighters’ breathing apparatus.

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