Gas Tax Fund pays for lo­cal sewer up­grades

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - COMING UP -

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.

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