100 Mile Free Press Wednesday, June 4, 2014
District of 100 Mile House appreciates funding
Ken Alexander Free Press
K a m l o o p s T h omp s on - C ar i b o o MP Cathy McLeod met with 100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall on May 22 to give him the details of the new Gas Tax Fund (GTF) that will help support infrastructure priorities in the District of 100 Mile House. “The [federal/provincial/Unions of British Columbia Communities] agreement for the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) will provide predictable, stable funding for public infrastructure throughout nine municipalities and districts of KamloopsThompson-Cariboo,” says McLeod. Noting that the federal GTF has been legislated, Campsall says it’s great because now the funding is enshrined in legislation and municipalities will know it’s coming. “Now, you can plan for it for 10 years down the road. Prior to this, you didn’t know if you were definitely going to get it or when you were going to get it.” For 100 Mile House, it means $125,771.59 for 1014/15; $125,771.59 projected for 2015/16; $132,060.22 projected for 2015/17; $132,060.22 projected for 2017/18; and $138,459 projected for 2018/19. The funding, which is primarily based on population, is provided up front, twice-a-year,
to provinces and terri- is very savvy in terms of looking at to help pay be a three-way share of tories, which, in turn, looking for funding for for other important project costs amongst the allocate this funding to various capital projects. projects on its capital provincial, federal and their municipalities to For instance, the program list. the local governments – support local infrastruc- District is watching Campsall says the each paying for one-third ture priorities, McLeod for the application District would like to of the project through explains. intake dates upgrade the water flow the Canada/B.C. Howe ve r, for the General in the Alpine and Scott Infrastructure Fund. Campsall says S t r a t e g i c roads area to eight-inch Campsall says the he believe the Priority Fund lines to provide better goal is to get projects rate is low – (GSPF), which water protection in that done with the “least especially for is adminis- area of the 99 Mile Hill. amount of pain for the municipalitered by the That money would taxpayers.” ties that have Union of B.C. smaller populaMunicipalities. Cathy tions. He adds This fund we are ready for your McLeod the Northwest prov i d e s BBq season! Territories has a 100 per cent check out our 10 base rate plus popula- funding support for varieties of homemade tion and he would like infrastructure projects Bratwurst to see something like and council will be No Binders • No Fillers that for rural British applying for its impendEuropean Specialities Columbia, too. ing safe water project “Then they can do through the GSPF. something every year There is other fundOpen: Mon. - Fri. 10am - 5pm Hwy 97 • 250-395-3315 • Next door to Save-On Foods with it.” ing councillors are McLeod notes municipalities can NEW pool, bank and borrow against this funding, DATE ! which provides significant financial flexibility. Canadian Mental Health Association - South Cariboo Branch While he appreciates the funding coming in, Campsall says there really isn’t much the District can do with AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS $125,000, so it has to allow the funds to accuJune 12, 2014 at 11:30am mulate before they can (includes lunch) be used for an infrastructure project. at the CMHA Clubhouse “It took us four to five 555B Cedar Ave. years to save enough All members are welcome to attend! to pay for paving the downtown this year.” For information or membership contact: On the other hand, CMHA Board Chair Jeanne Best the mayor says he’s 250-395-6247 pleased the GTF is now indexed to the cost of email@example.com living and he notes there is more flexibility in terms of what the money can be used for to complete projects. Campsall says District administration
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June 04, 2014 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press