Township loses $8,000 in funding based on population numbers

Brock Township will be seeing a slight dip in federal gas tax funding in 2019.

At last week’s meeting of the public works and facilities committee, Treasurer Laura Barta said the municipality is slated to receive roughly $353,000 next year – a decrease of roughly $8,000.

“So we’re getting a little less,” remarked Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer.

As funding is based on population, the Township’s portion appears to have dipped slightly as local growth did not keep pace with the national average.

“Allocations are changing to reflect population changes. Allocations for the 2014-2018 period were based on the 2011 census. Allocations for the 2019 to 2023 period are based on the 2016 census,” reads a notice on gas tax funding from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario that was on the agenda for Monday’s (Dec. 10) finance committee meeting.

“Canada’s population grew five per cent between 2011 and 2016. Communities exceeding this growth rate will see their allocation increase; those experiencing slower growth will see their allocation decrease.”

The local population increased by only 300 during that time period, which translates to an increase of only 2.7 per cent.

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