The St. John’s Board of Trade is promoting co-operative agreements as an election issue for municipalities in the province.
In a news release, the board used the Northeast Avalon as an example.
“The Northeast Avalon Region already has co-operative agreements in place to share services like water, fire protection and regional waste,” said Board of Trade chairman Denis Mahoney. “With new governments being elected this fall, there’s an opportunity for taxpayers to demand more municipal partnerships and the benefits they bring.”
The release goes on to say that the sharing of services across regions reduces costs and promotes good planning, resulting in residents getting access to improved services such as roadways, parks and recreation.
More than 76 per cent of municipalities share some services and nearly 83 per cent of municipalities participate in regional organizations such as joint councils, according to the release.
“We must highlight the value of partnerships and consider our region’s challenges and assets carefully. Municipalities have to consider their neighbours, how they will move back and forth between towns and how to provide services that are best suited for their residents and travellers in the region,” says Mahoney.
“Instead of scrambling for the same resources, communities should work together to boost the region’s profile in the global market. We’re one integrated economic unit — even if we aren’t one political unit.”
Mahoney goes on to say that imaginary lines between communities are irrelevant when it comes to interrelated issues like infrastructure, transportation or recreation.