South Stor­mont wor­ried about drop in grant

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - [email protected]­ twit­ ALAN S. HALE

LONG SAULT — South Stor­mont is plan­ning to make its dis­plea­sure known about cuts to an im­por­tant source of pro­vin­cial fund­ing on­tario Fi­nance Min­is­ter Vic Fide li seems to have tried to slip by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with­out them notic­ing.

a let­ter an­nounc­ing changes to the on­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Part­ner­ship Fund ar­rived at the town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing at 5 p.m. on dec. 21 – the Fri­day be­fore Christ­mas, just as mu­nic­i­pal of­fices would be clos­ing for the bet­ter part of two weeks.

the let­ter an­nounced the fund would be re­duced by an un­spec­i­fied amount and that no­tices were un­likely to be re­ceived prior to the be­gin­ning of the con­sul­ta­tions for the 2019 pro­vin­cial budget.

Feel­ing the govern­ment had just tried to pull a fast one, town­ship coun­cil passed a rec­om­men­da­tion crit­i­ciz­ing the changes and how they were an­nounced that will be cir­cu­lated to other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ask­ing for their en­dorse­ment.

“we can’t sus­tain our­selves on taxes alone, we need the part­ner­ship of the pro­vin­cial ini­tia­tives to help us out ,” said Mayor Bryan McGill is .“we un­der­stand that they have a job to do too, but they should be tak­ing baby steps rather than ham­mer­ing us.”

last year, South Storm ont re­ceived $821,700 from the on­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Part­ner­ship Fund, which equals for 14 per cent of its prop­erty tax rev­enue.

the oMPF is meant to re­im­burse mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for prop­erty tax rev­enues lost due to pro­vin­cial poli­cies that place lower lim­its on tax rates for cer­tain types of lands, such as forested land and some farm lands. Since 1998, it’ s also been a sig­nif­i­cant source of pro­vin­cial fund­ing to cover polic­ing­costs in ru­ral town ships that have oPP con­tracts.

the pre­vi­ous lib­eral govern­ment had al­ready been de­creas­ing oMPF trans­fer amounts, though to a greater scale for ur­ban mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties than ru­ral ones.

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