Brock Township will be receiving $725,000 from the Province to improve service delivery.
On Thursday (March 20), Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.
“Municipalities within Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will receive a combined total of $4,912,643 to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars,” reads a media release from area MPP Laurie Scott.
“The City of Kawartha Lakes and Brock Township will receive $725,000 each, while Cavan Monaghan will receive $586,372. The funding is allocated based upon the number of households in the municipality, and whether the area is urban or rural.”
These funds will provide critical support to small and rural municipalities that may have limited capacity to plan, modernize and improve the way they provide services to their communities. Municipalities will have the ability to decide how to best use these funds to benefit their communities, the media release notes.
“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services,” Clark said.
“I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”
The funding could be spent on service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects.
“I am pleased that our municipal partners will have the ability to invest these funds where they feel it will have the biggest impact,” Scott said.
“This modernization funding recognizes the unique needs and circumstances of rural communities in our riding and provides them with the support they need to deliver services efficiently and effectively.”