The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District have signed a three-year Quesnel Regional Airport Contribution Agreement, which is effective from Jan. 1, 2019. (Observer file photo)

CRD will contribute to operating costs of Quesnel airport

The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District have signed a three-year contribution agreement

The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) have entered into an agreement for operating the Quesnel Regional Airport that will see the CRD contribute funding towards the costs of running the airport.

At the Dec. 17 council meeting, city council approved entering into a three-year Quesnel Regional Airport Contribution Agreement with the CRD. The agreement is effective from Jan. 1, 2019.

Under the terms of this contribution agreement, the CRD will contribute $66,000 per year, beginning in 2019, toward the operating cost of the airport.

In 2018, the CRD held a referendum for residents of Areas A (Red Bluff-Quesnel South), B (Quesnel West-Bouchie Lake), C (Bowron Lake-Barlow Creek-Barkerville) and I (West Fraser-Nazko) to establish an Airport Service in the North Cariboo to contribute funding toward the cost of operating the Quesnel Regional Airport.

The referendum was successful, and an Airport Advisory Committee has been established since then, with representatives from the City and from the CRD.

READ MORE: CRD to hold referendum on proposed Quesnel airport tax

According to the new contribution agreement, the funding from the CRD will support the management and operations of the airport. This agreement and the funding commitment are specifically for supporting the City’s direct costs for operating the airport, and it is understood that the airport capital investment plan and projects listed in that plan are not included int he scope of this agreement — they may be considered for funding separately on a case-by-case basis.

The agreement expires Dec. 31, 2021, and at the end of the term, the City and CRD may consider amendments to and renewal of the agreement. The agreement will remain in effect after its expiration date to facilitate ongoing negotiations for successful renewal.

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