More money coming to County of Stettler

More provincial funding is coming to the County of Stettler
At its regular meeting March 10, county council received news that increased funding would be made available for the county through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

More provincial funding is coming to the County of Stettler

At its regular meeting March 10, county council received news that increased funding would be made available for the county through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

The county will receive $2,286,681 which includes capital project funding of $2,006,739 and conditional operating funds of $279,942 from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) for 2010, states a letter from Municipal Affairs Minister Hector Goudreau.

“The provincial government continues to recognize the importance of predictable, sustainable funding for municipal infrastructure,” Goudreau stated in his letter to the county.

Streets Improvement Program for hamlets

To improve roadways in the county, $597,065 has been allocated to Stettler county under a Rural Transportation Grant by the provincial government and an additional grant of $28,860 is also coming from the Streets Improvement Program, based on the current population of 481 in the eligible hamlets in the county.

Federal gas tax fund

The County of Stettler will also receive $290,688 annually from the Federal Gas Tax Fund (FGTF) – formerly the New Deal for Cities and Communities – for the next four years. Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette explained in a letter to council.

This annual allocation is based on the 2009 official population of 5,216 as published by Alberta Municipal Affairs.

“I also remind the municipality that no new funds can flow to the municipality until Alberta Transportation staff has been advised that the Multi-Year Capital Infrastructure Plan and the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan requirements have been met,” said Ouellette.

Fees amended

Council adopted a bylaw to revise the fee schedule to clarify certain rezoning and subdivision fees, the rural development fund contribution, refunding of application fees, development agreements approaches and general provisions and to set the fees for rural addressing signs.