Municipalities in S-D-SG to receive millions of dollars to improve local service delivery and efficiency

S-D-SG — Local municipalities set to receive millions of dollars after yesterday’s announcement by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Each municipality will receive a one-time investment to improve local service delivery and efficiency.

The local municipalities in the riding Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry which will receive funding are: United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry ($725,00), South Glengarry and South Stormont ($602,025 each), South Dundas ($600,406), North Dundas ($596,943), North Stormont ($548,989), and the City of Cornwall ($140,940). This will help improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. This will support some of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities that may have limited capacity to plan, modernize and improve the way they provide services to their communities.

“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,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

Ontario’s government for the people was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and we have been clear that we expect our partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.

“Our local municipalities have limited ways to enhance their operations as they are mindful of keeping taxes as low as possible – meaning they are reluctant to spend money that must go to crucial infrastructure and services that residents depend upon,” S-D-SG MPP Jim McDonell said.

The funding supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.

QUICK FACTS

·         Local municipalities funding: United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry ($725,000), South Glengarry and South Stormont ($602,025 each), South Dundas ($600,406), North Dundas ($596,943), North Stormont ($548,989), and the City of Cornwall ($140,940).

·         405 small and rural municipalities will receive funding.

·         To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

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