Fe­de­ral gas tax gift to mu­ni­ci­pal bud­gets

Vision (Canada) - - News - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Bud­get plans for next year will be a bit ea­sier now for mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cils in the Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell ri­ding. The fe­de­ral gas tax al­lo­ca­tion for GPR for next year will be more than $5.5 mil­lion in to­tal.

Fran­cis Drouin, Li­be­ral MP for Glen­gar­ry- Pres­cott-Rus­sell, an­noun­ced, on Au­gust 31, the new in­dexed fi­gure for his ri­ding from the fe­de­ral gas tax fund. The fe­de­ral gas tax fund takes a por­tion of the fe­de­ral gas tax on eve­ry litre of ga­so­line sold in each mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and re­gion in Ca­na­da and re­turns it to mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties in the form of an in­dexed un­con­di­tio­nal grant to each mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty for use in their

in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams and pro­jects.

The fe­de­ral gas tax fund ap­plies to all mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties in Ca­na­da while the pro­vin­cial gas tax fund pro­vides grants to mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties which have pu­blic tran­sit pro­grams. The sole condi­tion for the gas tax grants is that the mo­ney goes to­wards lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture needs, in­clu­ding up­gra­ding aging roads and bridges.

“We will conti­nue to build 21st-Cen­tu­ry in­fra­struc­ture that meets our com­mu­ni­ties’ fu­ture needs,” said Drouin.

“It cer­tain­ly is to our be­ne­fit,” said Ga­ry Bar­ton, war­den for the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR), to have this stable and re­gu­lar fun­ding.” This year’s $5,503,372 fe­de­ral gas tax al­lo­ca­tion for Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell is di­vi­ded up bet­ween the nine mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties in the ri­ding and the UCPR. The coun­ties will re­ceive $2,595,854; Rus­sell Town­ship, $463,557; Cham­plain Town­ship, $260,647; Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land, $704,898; Cas­sel­man, $110,242; East Haw­kes­bu­ry Town­ship, $101,395; Haw­kes­bu­ry, $320,784; Al­fredP­lan­ta­ge­net Town­ship, $279,588; North Glen­gar­ry Town­ship, $311,663; and The Na­tion Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, $354,744.

“We want to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties through go­vern­ment in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams,” said Drouin, ad­ding that the fe­de­ral and pro­vin­cial go­vern­ments are al­so dis­cus­sing a three-year, $11.8-bil­lion in­fra­struc­ture sup­port fun­ding pro­gram. “Which I’m confi­dent is going to get si­gned short­ly.”

—photo Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Le dé­pu­té fé­dé­ral de Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell, Fran­cis Drouin, a an­non­cé plus de 5,5 M$ pour sa cir­cons­crip­tion cette an­née, du Fonds fé­dé­ral de la taxe sur l’es­sence. L’ar­gent se­ra ré­par­ti entre les neuf mu­ni­ci­pa­li­tés de la cir­cons­crip­tion et les Com­tés unis de Pres­cott et Rus­sell et se­ra dis­po­nible pour des tra­vaux d’in­fra­struc­tures mu­ni­ci­paux, y com­pris les routes, les ponts et les in­fra­struc­tures ré­créa­tives et liées au tourisme.

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