Here’s What Burlington Will be Spending $5.6 Million on
In a previous inhalton article, it was noted that the City of Burlington will receive an extra $5.6 million (approximately) from the federal government which will go towards a slew of infrastructure projects.
The federal Liberal government recently released its final budget before the upcoming fall election. Included in this budget (Budget 2019), is the federal Liberal government’s plan to help students, and first-time homebuyers. Also included in this budget, is the government’s plan to top-up funding to support local infrastructure projects.
This is known as the federal gas tax top-up.
This one-time transfer was proposed due to many municipalities across the country facing serious infrastructure deficits. The money, as noted in the budget document, will be used to address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nation communities across the country.
Milton and Oakville will also benefit from this one-time transfer. Milton will receive around $2.7 million and Oakville will receive an extra $5.9 million.
At the time of the previous inhalton article, the City of Burlington had not yet decided what exactly the $5.6 million would go towards. However, according to a recent press release, that has now changed.
City staff, according to the release, brought a report with recommended projects to council earlier this month.
Now, council has approved the following projects.
- Elgin Promenade, Phase 4 - $700,000
- Transit Bus renewal program - $500,000
- Wolfe Island Bridge, additional rehabilitation - $230,000
- New Street resurfacing, advance from 2023 to 2020 - $2.050,000
- Beachway Pavilion, decking and accessibility improvements - $350,000
- Civic Square, additional enhancements - $265,000
- Skyway Arena, new small indoor walking track - $1,500,000
On April 24 Burlington MPs the Honourable Karina Gould, MP, Burlington, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North-Burlington, along with Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, announced these projects.
"It is always a fantastic thing when our levels of government work together in a way that betters our amazing city," Meed Ward said in the release. "And this federal one-time municipal infrastructure top-up funding of approximately $5.6 million does just that. So, thank you to Burlington MP Karina Gould and Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff for supporting this initiative."
Most of the projects approved by Burlington council are expected to be completed within 18 months. However, there are some exceptions.
The New Street resurfacing is anticipated to happen in 2020, as noted in the release, along with the Skyway Arena enhancements which could take anywhere from two to three years to complete.
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