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Regional communities to benefit from federal gas tax transfer - Jun. 20, 2014

Barb Rayner
Municipalities in Charlotte County as well as McAdam will be receiving a total of more than $4 million in funding from the Federal Gas Tax Transfer between 2014 and 2018.
In announcing the funding this week, New Brunswick Southwest MP John Williamson noted that the rural community of Campobello is a new municipality so will be receiving the funding for the first time this year.
He said the Federal Gas Tax Fund is much improved and municipal leaders have the ability to allocate it based on local priorities which has been well received by municipalities.
“As of April 1, 2014, communities will be able to use the renewed Federal Gas Tax Fund towards a wider range of projects, allowing more local flexibility in the types of projects they fund.
“Our government has worked with the province to remove restrictions Ottawa had set on how municipalities spend the Federal Gas Tax Transfer.”
Williamson said that prior to 2014, municipalities could use gas tax funding for public transit, wastewater infrastructure, drinking water, solid waste management, community energy systems, local roads and bridges, and capacity building.
This year’s changes now allows them to apply the funding towards highways, local and regional airports, short-line rail, short-sea shipping, disaster mitigation, broadband and connectivity, brownfield development, culture, tourism, sport and recreation.

barb@stcroixcourier.ca


Municipality 2014/15 2016/17 2018 2014-2018 Total
Saint Andrews $125,636 $132,967 $139,301 $658,507
Blacks Harbour $ 65,832 $ 69,123 $ 72,416 $342,326
Campobello $ 62,011 $ 65,111 $ 68,213 $322,457
St. George $103,440 $108,612 $113,786 $537,890
Grand Manan $159,350 $167,317 $175,288 $828,622
McAdam $ 86,077 $ 90,381 $ 94,687 $447,603
St. Stephen $322,924 $339,070 $355,222 $1,679,210