Commitment to Gas Tax Fund Appreciated

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) appreciates the Federal Government’s continued commitment to municipal infrastructure funding with the Gas Tax Fund.  As announced in the 2008 Federal Budget, rural municipalities will receive approximately $11.9 million under the program in 2009-10, up from $5.9 million in the previous year.  This program assists municipalities to address much needed infrastructure funding requirements.   

“A recent study estimated that the backlog alone for rural municipal bridges that have exceeded their expected lifespan is $82 million,” said President David Marit.  “This shows that rural Saskatchewan has a definite need for infrastructure funding.” 

The first payment will also be accelerated by almost three months which means funds will be available to start projects sooner than anticipated. 

“We are pleased with the acceleration of the first payment,” said President Marit.  “This will assist municipalities to fast track projects.” 

“We appreciate the recognition by the Federal Government of the infrastructure needs of municipalities and their move to help address these needs,” said Marit.  “The Gas Tax Fund program provides the flexibility for municipalities to spend the money on the projects they deem to have the greatest priority.”