Province sending large sums to municipalities
Published March 26, 2019
On March 20, the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, announced millions of dollars of one-time funding for local service delivery would be released to small, rural municipalities.
Haliburton County – the four lower-tier governments and the upper-tier county government – will collectively receive more than $2.8 million “to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars,” a press release from the province says.
Haliburton County will receive $725,000 while Dysart et al and Minden Hills will receive $542,255 each, Highlands East will receive $534,469, and Algonquin Highlands will receive $532,292.
There are no directives on how to spend the money, however, the provincial government’s announcement states that municipalities are expected to take steps to be more efficient and gives examples including “ service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects.”
MPP Laurie Scott said she was pleased municipalities would be able to spend the money where they thought it would be most needed.
“This modernization funding recognizes the unique needs and circumstances of rural communities in our riding and provides them with the support they need to deliver services efficiently and effectively,” she said.
Andrea Roberts, mayor of Dysart et al, is quoted as saying the funding was well timed and she looked forward to “collaborating with neighbouring municipalities, prioritizing our capital works, and finding ways to modernize and improve our services.”