July 21, 2008
St. Barbe Area Receives Funding for
Two communities in the St. Barbe area will receive
$265,575 in total funding to support municipal infrastructure
improvements. Through the 2008-09 Municipal Capital Works (MCW) program,
the Town of Hawke�s Bay will receive $217,787 for water line work and
the Town of Trout River will receive $47,788 for sewage pumping.
"The Williams Government recognizes that communities
require efficient infrastructure," said the Honourable Dave Denine,
Minister of Municipal Affairs. "The Municipal Capital Works program was
designed to foster the development of cost-shared projects in a wide
range of municipal infrastructure, including water and waste-water
treatment, roads, recreational facilities and fire equipment."
Minister Denine recently announced that through the
2008-09 MCW program, $61.2 million will be spent on many infrastructure
improvement projects province-wide. Under the program, the Provincial
Government will contribute $32.4 million; the Federal Government will
contribute $12 million and the municipalities will contribute $14.1
million. Towns will also utilize the Federal GST rebate as part of the
"I am extremely pleased with the capital works funding
approved for the Towns of Hawkes Bay and Trout River," said Wallace
Young, MHA for the District of St. Barbe. "Effective water and sewer
systems are essential services that will enhance day-to-day living for
residents, and allow for the long-term growth of these towns."
The MCW program has been significantly improved by
recently announced revised cost-share ratios for municipalities. These
new changes state that towns with populations under 3,000 now have to
contribute only 10 per cent toward the cost of capital infrastructure.
Towns with populations between 3,000 and 7,000 contribute 20 per cent
and the largest cities and towns with populations over 7,000 contribute
30 per cent.
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Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
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