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Gas-tax revenue for Manitoba to be $713M over 10 years

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Shelly Glover Minister for Canadian Heritage  and Official Languages, Left, with Stan Struthers, provincial minister of municipal government, sign a Gas Tax Fund agreement stabilizing funding for public infrastructure in Manitoba.

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Shelly Glover Minister for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Left, with Stan Struthers, provincial minister of municipal government, sign a Gas Tax Fund agreement stabilizing funding for public infrastructure in Manitoba. Photo Store

There was a smorgasbord of politicians at Winnipeg city hall this morning for the announcement on the current federal gas-tax funding agreement.

Shelly Glover, federal heritage minister, said Ottawa is guaranteeing Manitoba municipalities will receive $713 million over the next 10 years, the province’s share of federal gas-tax revenue.

For 2014, Manitoba municipalities will receive $65 million, with the lion’s share – $40.5 million – going to Winnipeg.

Stan Struthers, provincial minister of municipal government, said each municipality will determine how their share of the money will be spent.

Mayor Sam Katz said Winnipeg has an infrastructure deficit of $3.2 billion, adding the gas-tax revenue is a small part of the solution to addressing the city’s needs.

Katz said the city’s administration will recommend where the money will be spent, but added none of it will be allocated to the second stage of the bus corridor project.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM CDT: Fixes typos.

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