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Gas tax funding to benefit County roads and bridges

MP Neil Ellis

Road and bridge projects in Prince Edward County and beyond will benefit from this week’s announcement of federal gas tax allocation funding.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis has announced 2017 dispersements – including $2.6 million to the County, $3 million to Belleville and $1.5 million to Quinte West.

“We will allocate these funds to several roads and bridge projects in 2017, which will in turn help create jobs and promote economic development in our community,” said Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff. “As a rural municipality with many infrastructure requirements, the federal Gas Tax Fund is a welcome source of predictable financial support to address some of those needs.”

The Gas Tax Fund benefits Ontario municipalities by allowing local communities to decide where and how to invest resources for their most pressing needs.

“When we think of infrastructure we often imagine concrete, pipes, roads and bridges: that’s great, but these are the building blocks of how we get to where we want to be and how well we enjoy being there,” said Ellis. “We should really envision our communities when this term surfaces, because infrastructure provides a foundation for our lives. That’s why, when municipalities like Belleville, Quinte West, and Prince Edward County are able to get flexible, predictable funding, a range of needs that affect us all can finally be met.”

In July, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $391 million dollars in federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to Ontario. The next delivery date is in November. In total, Ontario’s municipal governments will be provided with more than $782.1 million dollars, this year, through the fund.

Introduced in 2005, this program has delivered more than $7.9 billion dollars to Ontario communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The fund makes over $2 billion available each year, and provides each community across Canada with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. The funding is made available in two annual installments, in July and November.

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