Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.
Gas tax question raised at Russell council
happens to the Ontario gasoline tax subsidy for municipalities after the
June 7 provincial elections? That question occupied the minds of
Russell Township council members during their June 4
Gregg Chamberlain, EAP
Liberal government created the gas tax subsidy program in 2004 to help
municipalities which have a public transit system. Every year the
province paid out a share of its gas tax calculated at
two cents a litre based on the amount of gasoline sold over the previous
year within the municipality.
Russell Township received almost $150,000 for its gas tax subsidy and
used the money to help cover the cost of its public transit system. Next
year the subsidy should increase to four cents
a litre but township council wonders if the gas tax subsidy program will
continue after the June 7 provincial election if the NDP or the
Progressive Conservatives form the government.
count on the additional gas tax funding, or any gas tax funding,” said
Councillor Jamie Laurin, expressing concern how it could affect budget
planning for the local transit program. “Where’s
the (financial) protection for the taxpayer?”
“This would be something that needs looking into,” said Mayor Pierre Leroux.