Council wants 'sustainable funding' from ProvinceSaturday, October 19, 2013 by: Jamie LyleNorth Bay City Council saw a motion put forward this week by Councillor Mac Bain regarding reconsidering of allocated funding from the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund.
Awarded by the province, the fund allocates a $100 million through a competitive application process that many municipal level politicians feel creates both, 'winner and losers'.
“We need sustainable funding,” adding that he's not a fan of the competitive process.
Mac Bain told council that he would prefer a straight split per capita formula, so that monies could be fairly distributed to all municipalities, thereby eliminating the possibility of political and personality deviations that might see some regions receiving preferential treatment or be altogether ignored in their application for funding.
Not surprisingly, council voted unanimously for Mac Bain's motion and encouraged him to stay on top of the situation with FENOM and with the application process, which can be erroneous, especially for the smaller Northern communities.
What's important for municipalities, according to Mac Bain, is knowing that their long term funding structures will exist so that projects with yearly components can be budgeted for so that when municipality is, for example, building or repairing a system of roads or ditches, if within the next year, there is an abrupt cut to provincial funding, a project won't be left unfinished.
With the 411 towns and cities that qualify for the funding, each community would receive $25,000, plus a population based sum.
For North Bay, this allotment would be approximately $1.1 million, with Mattawa receiving $68,000 and East Ferris, $121,000.