Federal gas tax money is being injected into local municipalities and it could take some of the bumps out of the ride for motorists traveling on Alliston’s Centre Street.
For 2009-2010, New Tecumseth is getting $849,403, up from $424,702 in 2008-2009. Municipalities can use the gas tax money for roads, water treatment plants, sewers, bridges and improving buses and transit systems.
Because of restrictions on how the funding can be used, New Tecumseth Mayor Mike MacEachern said the town has been saving the gas tax since it started receiving payments in 2005.
This year, $1.7 million worth of projects is being completed with the accumulated money.
MacEachern said water main and sewer components for the Centre Street upgrades in Alliston are on the list. Other projects include work at the Beeton reservoir, disinfecting treatments for Tottenham water and replacing a water main on Lily Street in Beeton he said.
Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis said the federal government has doubled its gas tax transfers to municipalities and is providing the money sooner.
"Our government is proud to be working with provinces and municipalities to deliver stable, predictable funding for infrastructure that Canadians use and depend on every day," stated Guergis in a release.
This year Essa Township is also getting $546,145 and Adjala-Tosorontio’s payment is $327,596.