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Bonavista concerned about new cost-sharing system affecting roads

The Town of Bonavista.
The Town of Bonavista.

The Town of Bonavista is upset how the province’s new municipal infrastructure cost-share program will affect the conditions of municipal roads.

Under the old cost-share system, road projects were funded at 80-20 per cent province-to-municipality split, regardless of municipality population. Under the new system, road projects funding is split between provincial and municipalities at an even 50-50, meaning that all municipalities must pay a full 50 per cent of total road work costs.

"I think the 50-50 split on paving is ridiculous. They might as well say no paving,” town clerk David Hiscock said in an email to TC Media.

“This is going to affect our town big time,” said Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald.  “You got to come up with 50 per cent, and that’s a lot of money.  We won’t be able to put in for as many roads.  By the time you get one lot of roads done, another is going to ne dot be done again… coming up with our 50 per cent will not be easy.”

“It’s not going to be easy on communities… stuff like this can drag a town right down.”

The town has not yet discussed the full ramifications of the new cost-share program, but they have discussed the new road project-funding split in a town meeting last Monday, and are currently drafting a letter to provincial government to express their displeasure.

Under the old cost-share system, road projects were funded at 80-20 per cent province-to-municipality split, regardless of municipality population. Under the new system, road projects funding is split between provincial and municipalities at an even 50-50, meaning that all municipalities must pay a full 50 per cent of total road work costs.

"I think the 50-50 split on paving is ridiculous. They might as well say no paving,” town clerk David Hiscock said in an email to TC Media.

“This is going to affect our town big time,” said Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald.  “You got to come up with 50 per cent, and that’s a lot of money.  We won’t be able to put in for as many roads.  By the time you get one lot of roads done, another is going to ne dot be done again… coming up with our 50 per cent will not be easy.”

“It’s not going to be easy on communities… stuff like this can drag a town right down.”

The town has not yet discussed the full ramifications of the new cost-share program, but they have discussed the new road project-funding split in a town meeting last Monday, and are currently drafting a letter to provincial government to express their displeasure.

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