Federal gas tax gift to municipal budgets
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, $11.8-billion infrastructure support funding program. “Which I’m confident is going to get signed shortly.”
Le député fédéral de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin, a annoncé plus de 5,5 M$ 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.