Strate­gic In­vest­ments Made in Mu­nic­i­pal In­fra­struc­ture

The Compass - - OPINION -

The pro­vin­cial government was boost­ing re­cently about its on­go­ing sup­port for im­proved mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture.

Ear­lier this month, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien noted that the provinced made in­vest­ments into 570 projects in 2012, val­ued at some $530 mil­lion.

The fund­ing was made throuh the Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works and Multi-Year Cap­i­tal Works pro­grams.

“This fund­ing clearly demon­strates the com­mit­ment of this government to the devel­op­ment of com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture around the province,” O’Brien stated, adding that Bud­get 2012 in­cluded $130 mil­lion over two years for mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works projects.

Projects un­der­taken in 2012 are re­sult­ing in marked im­prove­ments in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture, he ex­plained, with pri­or­ity given to water and sewer projects.

An­nounce­ments were also made for new civic build­ings, new mu­nic­i­pal de­pots, im­proved recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and road work in a num­ber of ar­eas along with im­por­tant up­grades to water and waste water sys­tems.

“We have made sig­nif­i­cant progress in ad­dress­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­mands in the province over the last sev­eral years,” he said.

Since 2008, the pro­vin­cial government has in­vested over $625 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works with $174 mil­lion ded­i­cated to multi-year projects. This in­vest­ment has re­sulted in mod­ern­ized in­fra- struc­ture across the province and has im­proved ser­vices for res­i­dents to sup­port the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity, growth and devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties, O’Brien said.

The pro­vin­cial government has also main­tained im­proved cost­shared fund­ing ra­tios es­tab­lished in 2008 to ben­e­fit mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. For com­mu­ni­ties with pop­u­la­tions be­low 3,000, the pro­vin­cial will con­tinue to in­vest 90 per cent of the cost of new in­fra­struc­ture with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vid­ing 10 per cent; 80 per cent of the cost will con­tinue to be cov­ered for pop­u­la­tions be­tween 3,000 and 7,000; and 70 per cent of the cost will con­tinue to be cov­ered for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with pop­u­la­tions over 7,000.

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