By Cole Parkinson
The Town of Vauxhall will be receiving funding from the Municipal Operating Support Transfer program.
As a way to tackle some funding issues in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government is forwarding some support to municipalities to help cover the shortfall created. Town council reviewed a letter from Joseph Schow, MLA for Cardston-Siksika, during their regular meeting on Oct. 19 which alerted them to the funds coming their way.
“On September 25, 2020, our government was proud to announce the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST). This new program delivers funding provided by the provincial and federal governments to support municipal operations impacted by the COVID pandemic and actions taken in response to it,” reads the letter from Schow. “A total of $606 million in operating funding will be provided to municipalities under this program, including $30 million already allocated under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative Operating program. $140 million of this funding will be provided to municipalities with public transit systems to support public transit operating costs and revenue decreases due to COVID-19.”
“While the remainder will be provided to all municipalities and Metis Settlements to support general COVID-19-related operating costs and revenue losses. As you have likely seen in the program announcement from Minister Allard, Vauxhall will receive $128,738 in MOST funding,” states the letter.
No specific details were unveiled during the council meeting as to where the funds would go to but library and seniors centre funding was brought up as possibilities.