In­fra­struc­ture fund­ing on the way

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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has an­nounced it will spend some $84.3 mil­lion on over 125 new mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects this year.

These projects will en­hance the qual­ity of life in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues its com­mit­ment to im­prove mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture, said Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien.

“ Our in­vest­ment in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture rec­og­nizes the im­por­tant role mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties play within our prov­ince and demon­strates our gov­ern­ment’s sup­port of them,” O’Brien stated in a re­cent news re­lease.

“Mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture such as drink­ing wa­ter sources, com­mu­nity cen­tres, and fire halls are crit­i­cal com­po­nents of a vi­brant com­mu­nity and we are pleased to part­ner with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to make im­prove­ments to these fa­cil­i­ties.”

Em­pha­sis will be placed on wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion and treat­ment again this year, while other projects in­clude sewage dis­posal, lo­cal roads and mu­nic­i­pal build­ings.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific projects will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

O’Brien has met with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of may­ors and coun­cil­lors about is­sues in their com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture, and said he ap­pre­ci­ates their ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing their ar­eas.

“Our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are crit­i­cally im­por­tant to the so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing of our prov­ince and we will con­tinue to work with mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers to help them ad­dress the fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture plans of their com­mu­ni­ties,” said O’Brien.

Bud­get 2011 in­cluded $140.8 mil­lion for new and on­go­ing mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects. When com­bined with fed­eral cost-shared pro­grams and mu­nic­i­pal con­tri­bu­tions, the to­tal in­vest­ment this year is ex­pected to be ap­prox­i­mately $219 mil­lion.

Also in­cluded in this year’s bud­get was an in­crease of $4.6 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal op­er­at­ing grants, bring­ing the to­tal al­lo­ca­tion to $22.4 mil­lion.

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