The Town of Morinville received $3.5 million less than they asked for.
Last month, Morinville Town Council asked Sturgeon County Council for $4 million in funding for the Morinville Community Recreation Facility. At Tuesday's meeting (Aug.29), Sturgeon County decided to contribute $500,000.
"This is a blow to ratepayers throughout the region, who will benefit from a joint approach to funding recreation in a sustainable way. Our residents expect and deserve meaningful municipal collaboration and we did not see that yesterday," said Morinville mayor Barry Turner.
Sturgeon County Council has given $500,000 to four facilities (Gibbons Cultural Centre, Pembina Place, Sturgeon Agriplex, Servus Place) in the region.
County mayor Alanna Hnatiw and community services manager Susan Berry said adding a pool was a top priority in area surveys. A pool is currently not in the initial design plans.
Berry stated the facility didn't have a common or shared vision and wasn't supported by research.
The contribution by Sturgeon County represents 1.6 per cent of the total cost of the $30.5 million facility. The town believes rural (Sturgeon County) users will make up to 40 per cent of the use.
In May, Morinville council passed a $22 million borrowing bylaw, which would put the town close to their self-imposed debt limit.