Finance / Environment and Local Government

REVISED / Unconditional grants announced for 2004 (03/11/24)

NB 1107

Nov. 24, 2003

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The unconditional grant pool will be reduced by 10 per cent for 2004, Finance Minister Jeannot Volpé announced today.

The total amount of unconditional grants for municipalities will be $60.4 million. The amount for local service districts (LSDs) is $3.2 million.

Most municipalities will be more than able to compensate for the 10 per cent grant reduction through growth in their tax base. For those who cannot, a one-time top-up grant will be provided to ensure that no municipality is worse off financially than the previous year.

"Money is scarce and we are looking everywhere for savings and efficiencies so that we can free up dollars for our top priority -- health care," Volpé said. "With today's announcement, we are providing municipalities with what we can afford."

The minister said the Province faces difficult economic and fiscal challenges this year and going forward. Most government departments have already been asked to take a five per cent, in-year budget reduction. The government's Resource Maximization Committee is now reviewing all program spending for 2004-05 and beyond.

"I appreciate that representatives from the three municipal associations, local service districts and the Province spent many months trying to craft a new funding formula," Volpé said. "The solution preferred by the municipal members was to put an extra $20 million into the grant pool. We just do not have the fiscal flexibility to do it."

The reduced grant pool is a one-year solution, he said, noting the issue of provincial grants to municipalities must be resolved in the broader context of local governance reform and financing. A long-term solution will include the work of the Select Committee on Local Governance and work undertaken on the cost of provincially provided local services.

"We also need to develop a better understanding of the intentions of the incoming prime minister, who has signalled some ideas in regards to funding for municipalities," Volpé said. "We want to know what he will do on this file."

"The provincial government provides municipalities with financial support in more ways than just the unconditional grant," Environment and Local Government Minister Brenda Fowlie said. "By providing various funding programs, we assist municipalities in the delivery of local services to New Brunswickers."

Municipalities are eligible for millions of dollars in funding from various government programs for infrastructure projects, official languages, economic development, highways and emergency services.

The ministers said that all municipalities are being notified in writing of their individual unconditional grant amounts and tax base figures.

03/11/24

EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of municipalities and grant amounts follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Vicky Deschênes, communications, Finance, 506-453-4138; Christelle Léger, communications, Environment and Local Government, 506-453-6703.

  2004 SPECIAL TOTAL
  UNCONDITIONAL GRANT  
MUNICIPALITY GRANT    
  (90% of 2003    
  unconditional grant)    
       
  SUBVENTION SUBVENTION TOTAL
MUNICIPALITÉ SANS CONDITION SPÉCIALE  
  2004    
  (90% de la subvention    
  sans condition 2003)    
FREDERICTON 5,590,504 - 5,590,504
MONCTON 10,616,241 - 10,616,241
SAINT JOHN 17,208,171 - 17,208,171
Group A 33,414,916 - 33,414,916
   
 
 
BATHURST 2,348,373 50,751 2,399,124
CAMPBELLTON 1,665,393 74,168 1,739,561
DALHOUSIE 689,056 - 689,056
DIEPPE 917,025 - 917,025
EDMUNDSTON 2,334,034 - 2,334,034
MIRAMICHI 2,139,212 - 2,139,212
Group B 10,093,093
124,919
10,218,012
   
 
 
CARAQUET 548,403 - 548,403
GRAND FALLS 588,002 - 588,002
OROMOCTO 727,787 - 727,787
SACKVILLE 522,822 - 522,822
SHEDIAC 572,528 - 572,528
SHIPPAGAN 345,161 - 345,161
ST. STEPHEN 620,940 - 620,940
SUSSEX 386,364 - 386,364
TRACADIE-SHEILA 445,963 - 445,963
WOODSTOCK 482,551 - 482,551
Group C 5,240,521 -
5,240,521
   
 
 
ATHOLVILLE 119,473 - 119,473
BERESFORD 452,016 - 452,016
CHARLO 191,905 7,003 198,908
EEL RIVER CROSSING 132,767 2,623 135,390
GRAND BAY/WESTFIELD 327,683 - 327,683
NEW MARYLAND 195,254 - 195,254
QUISPAMSIS 803,914 - 803,914
RIVERVIEW 1,297,545 - 1,297,545
ROTHESAY 401,500 - 401,500
Group D 3,922,057
9,626
3,931,683
   
 
 
BELLEDUNE 40,828 - 40,828
BLACK'S HARBOUR 149,628 - 149,628
BOUCTOUCHE 170,736 - 170,736
CAP PELE 190,826 - 190,826
CHIPMAN 148,676 - 148,676
CLAIR 75,673 - 75,673
DOAKTOWN 71,626 - 71,626
FLORENCEVILLE 13,671 - 13,671
GRANDE ANSE 103,441 - 103,441
GRAND MANAN 168,839 - 168,839
HAMPTON 260,187 - 260,187
HARTLAND 116,766 1,707 118,473
HILLSBOROUGH 130,961 - 130,961
KEDGWICK 131,387 - 131,387
LAMEQUE 146,011 15,954 161,965
MCADAM 231,977 12,753 244,730
MEMRAMCOOK 386,321 - 386,321
MINTO 289,963 22,699 312,662
NACKAWIC 115,808 - 115,808
NEGUAC 163,809 7,142 170,951
PERTH-ANDOVER 153,512 - 153,512
PETIT-ROCHER 223,898 - 223,898
PETITCODIAC 161,376 - 161,376
PLASTER ROCK 106,446 - 106,446
REXTON 68,413 - 68,413
RICHIBUCTO 125,764 - 125,764
ROGERSVILLE 135,548 9,223 144,771
SAINT ANDREWS 127,435 - 127,435
SAINT-ANTOINE 113,347 - 113,347
SAINT LÉONARD 179,252 6,797 186,049
SAINT-LOUIS-DE-KENT 117,720 3,461 121,181
SAINT-QUENTIN 177,502 1,923 179,425
SALISBURY 93,901 - 93,901
ST. GEORGE 113,057 - 113,057
Group E 5,004,305
81,660
5,085,965
       
ALMA 19,483 - 19,483
AROOSTOOK 37,236 2,939 40,175
BAKER BROOK 65,116 - 65,116
BALMORAL 182,274 - 182,274
BAS-CARAQUET 201,646 3,494 205,140
BATH 44,324 1,880 46,204
BERTRAND 125,436 5,646 131,082
BLACKVILLE 72,121 1,489 73,610
BRISTOL 18,585 - 18,585
CAMBRIDGE-NARROWS 39,543 - 39,543
CANTERBURY 29,422 1,072 30,494
CENTREVILLE 24,369 75 24,444
DORCHESTER 80,734 1,831 82,565
DRUMMOND 47,823 - 47,823
FREDERICTON JUNCTION 74,019 - 74,019
GAGETOWN 52,208 - 52,208
HARVEY 15,997 - 15,997
LAC BAKER 28,692 2,788 31,480
LE GOULET 88,657 6,762 95,419
MAISONNETTE 61,524 1,352 62,876
MEDUCTIC 9,197 - 9,197
MILLVILLE 23,269 - 23,269
NIGADOO 97,493 6,064 103,557
NORTON 129,886 - 129,886
PAQUETVILLE 48,784 5,442 54,226
POINTE-VERTE 133,715 5,457 139,172
PORT ELGIN 57,753 - 57,753
RIVERSIDE-ALBERT 36,857 - 36,857
RIVIERE-VERTE 78,666 2,884 81,550
SAINT- ANDRÉ 31,340 - 31,340
SAINT-FRANÇOIS-DE-MADAWASKA 54,447 - 54,447
SAINT-LÉOLIN 88,991 9,678 98,669
SAINTE-ANNE-DE-MADAWASKA 119,738 9,683 129,421
SAINTE-MARIE-SAINT-RAPHAEL 124,086 11,021 135,107
ST- HILAIRE 14,081 - 14,081
ST- ISIDORE 74,464 - 74,464
ST. MARTINS 27,348 - 27,348
STANLEY 16,982 - 16,982
SUSSEX CORNER 75,468 - 75,468
TIDE HEAD 75,527 - 75,527
TRACY 58,301 812 59,113
Group F 2,685,602
80,371
2,765,973
       
Total $ 60,360,494 296,576 60,657,070

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