The District of Kitimat has received $404,108 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund this year, adding to the $1,588,476 the District had received through the fund by the end of 2016.
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Debbie Godfrey said the district receives approximately $400,000 per year, which is put into a deferred revenue account until it is used on infrastructure projects.
“The DoK does not have to spend the $404,108 in 2017,” said Godfrey. “However, the funds must be spent on qualifying infrastructure projects and the spending must be accounted for in a report to the Union of B.C. Municipalities at the end of each year.”
This ensures UBCM that the DoK spent the funds on appropriate infrastructure projects. The 2017 budget has provision for $40,000 for a pumphouse SCADA control antenna, which allows for pump station monitoring.
In 2018, $400,000 of the Gas Tax Fund has been budgeted for a sidewalk program, with over $2.3 million budgeted for road maintenance over a three-year period, starting in 2019.