Drumheller area re­ceives fed­eral Gas Tax funds

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Drumheller and area mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have re­ceived the first of two in­stall­ments of their fed­eral Gas Tax Fund al­lo­ca­tion for com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture projects, the feds an­nounced Friday, July 29.

Drumheller will re­ceive $432,868 in this first in­stall­ment, with an­other one slated for later this fis­cal year, and Mayor Terry Ye­men says the town has a num­ber of dif­fer­ent in­fra­struc­ture projects the funds could sup­port.

The funds, pro­vided by a tax on gaso­line sales, come after town of­fi­cials worked to en­sure the mu­nic­i­pal­ity met the cri­te­ria re­quired by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment to be el­i­gi­ble for the fund­ing by cre­at­ing a mas­ter plan to show the town’s fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“We’re more ahead of the curve than a lot of other com­mu­ni­ties that haven’t taken all the steps that we have taken to in­sure we’re en­ti­tled to the funds this year and for years to come,” said Mayor Ye­men. “We’re cer­tainly happy we’ve been giv

en this money and it’ll be put to use in a num­ber of in­fra­struc­ture projects in the val­ley.”

In to­tal, the $109.5 mil­lion in­stall­ment by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will flow through the prov­ince to all com­mu­ni­ties on a per capita ba­sis to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties’ lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects. The prov­ince will be pro­vided over $219 mil­lion in to­tal this year through the fund, with the next in­stall­ment com­ing in Novem­ber.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is proud to de­liver this pre­dictable, long-term fund­ing to help en­sure ac­cess to good jobs, in­creased mo­bil­ity, greater eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties, and a higher qual­ity of life,” said Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties Amar­jeet Sohi.

“Through the fed­eral Gas Tax Fund, com­mu­ni­ties across Al­berta and the rest of Canada direct fed­eral dol­lars to­ward their lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­i­ties, across a wide range of fund­ing cat­e­gories.”

Lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties can make investments across 18 dif­fer­ent project cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing roads and bridges, pub­lic tran­sit, drink­ing wa­ter and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture, and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties. Com­mu­ni­ties can use the funds im­me­di­ately for pri­or­ity projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dol­lars with other com­mu­ni­ties for shared in­fra­struc­ture projects, or use it to fi­nance ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture ex­pen­di­tures.

As well as Drumheller, other re­gional mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­ceived funds, in­clud­ing Star­land County with $111,654, Wheat­land County with $446,669, and Knee

hill County with $265,306, as did area vil­lages and towns in­clud­ing Three Hills with $174,139, Hanna with $144,109, and the vil­lages of Delia, Rock­y­ford, Munson, Mor­rin, Car­bon, and Hus­sar all re­ceiv­ing $50,000.

The fed­eral Gas Tax Fund makes over $2 bil­lion avail­able each year.

Drumheller and area mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have re­ceived their al­lo­ca­tion of the fed­eral Gas Tax Fund for com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture projects.

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