Gas Tax Fund pays for local sewer upgrades
The federal and provincial governments are trumpeting millions distributed to communities across the province a few months ago as evidence of local investment.
Monday and Tuesday, the Government of Saskatchewan and Infrastructure Canada each sent out a press release about federal gas tax fund allocations.
In July, the federal government delivered the first of two $29.5 million federal Gas Tax Fund instalments to Saskatchewan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. In total, the province will be provided with more than $59.1 million. The funding flows from the federal government to the provincial government, and then to various communities on a per capita basis. It’s used to support community infrastructure projects.
The funding supports about 500 local infrastructure projects across the province.
Prince Albert received $2,093,688 through the program.
Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Greg Dionne confirmed Prince Albert received the funding some time ago and had spent it on upgrades to sewer pumping stations.
Communities have the option to use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank funds for later use or pool dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects across 18 different categories.