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While Merritt opted out of taking part in the specified area taxation proposal recently put forward by Gold Country, there's still hope for a future agreement.

Gold Country past president Ida Makaro says it was voted on at last week's TNRD meeting in Kamloops.

Under the current agreement Merritt is a member until the end of 2011.

The new taxation system will see rates increase considerably, something that has Merritt City Council coming to terms with.

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The past president of Gold Country is hoping Merritt will remain a member after the current membership expires in about a year's time.

Ida Makaro is hoping Merritt and Gold Country can work to negotiate some kind of agreement.

Makaro says the specified area taxation will give Gold Country approximately $70,000 in 2012.

She says they've been operating on a $60,000 budget and is hoping contracts will be negotiated with members in Lillooet, Logan Lake and Merritt to bring them back on board.

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When Gold Country lost a major source of funding from TNRD, it started looking at it's member communities for the funding.

Merritt City Councillor Nadia Clarke says Merritt's membership costs would escalate by about 90%.

Councillor Clarke say tourism is already being handled by the Merritt Marketing Group.

Whether the City will renew it's membership in Gold Countries remains to be seen.

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The Merritt Tracker Sportswear Midget Reps beat Summerland 6-0 yesterday and Osoyoos 10-4 on Saturday to move into first place in the OMAHA Tier 3 Division.

The Merritt Atom Development Centennials topped Penticton 7-5 yesterday at the Shulus Arena.

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Merritt's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator says the danger is always there when the rivers begin to freeze.

Tom Lacey says it's simple - stay off the ice.

Lacey says it's incumbant on parents of small children to be especially aware of the dangers and keep them away from frozen rivers and lakes.

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