Fraser confirms gas tax funds


PICTOU – Local municipalities will receive nearly $4 million in extra, one-time federal gas tax revenues.

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser confirmed the total amount of $3.8 million and what individual municipalities in the riding will receive during an announcement on Friday at the Municipality of Pictou County office.

One-time top up in the federal budget for 2019-20 to be transferred directly to municipalities for infrastructure projects is doubled from the previous fiscal year.

“Municipal infrastructure projects like the new water treatment plant in Pictou and water and sewer upgrades in New Glasgow . . . make our communities better for everyone,” Fraser said. “With this one-time Gas Tax Fund top up, even more of these vitally important projects will be funded.”

The budget has invested $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund to address short-term infrastructure priorities in more than 3,600 municipalities and first nation communities, including $58.5 million for Nova Scotia.

The total amounts announced include $815,729.85 for New Glasgow, $1,082,977.09 for the rural municipality of Pictou, $229,484.83 for town of Pictou, $344,555.99 for Stellarton, $157,631.92 for Trenton and $234,258.91 for Westville.

“By transferring the funds directly to the municipalities, our local priorities will be front and centre,” Fraser said. “The people who live in our communities will get to have their say on what projects and initiatives are most important to them. Each community has different needs, and now they can address those needs individually.”

From left: Trenton Mayor Shannon MacInnis, coun. Lennie White of Westville, Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, Warden Robert Parker and New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks celebrate municipal infrastructure funding. (Goodwin photo)