The City of Dawson Creek is hoping for a high return on a rural recreation user count - it will allow for rural users to foot more operating costs as the city attempts to wean itself off using Fair Share capital funds to run day to day city operations, business, services, and programs.
The city wants to know where exactly users of its facilities live - to find out of there are enough rural users to look at having PRRD and more regional funding options available to them.
They would like the data tomorrow June 7 - and only a year’s worth of data.
Coun. Shaely Wilbur, who was also on hand speaking on behalf of South Peace Junior Soccer, said roughly 45 to 48 percent of participants are rural residents.
“The important thing is to work together with other groups and see where we can pair, help each other. We need user groups to support each other,” she said.
Mayor Dale Bumstead said this was the city’s plan A, with plan B being another look at serious cuts.
The city has hired JCP and Associates to compile participation data to help profile arts, cultural, sport and recreation programs to identify the percentage of users who are rural versus city dwellers.
“The data will provide council with back up information that is necessary to work with the PRRD regarding options of future financial sustainability,” said Ross DeBoer, general manager of community services in a letter to user groups in late May.
Guessing only, Bumstead told users Thursday night that he though the percentage of rural users might be close to 50 per cent.
“My ‘gut’ feeling is that about 40 percent of users come from out of town - then 40 per cent of should come from rural or sub-regional funding
City CAO Duncan Redfearn said that anything not water or sewer being funded operational funds was pretty much on the table for a look at.
The deadline is this Friday to contact the city with numbers and feedback at