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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mayors In K-V Want Changes To Unconditional Grant System

Fundamentally flawed is how Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop describes the unconditional grant system in a letter written to provincial Local Government Minister Danny Soucy. 

He tells Soucy he does not want to see more money in the grant pool, but for the money to be distributed more fairly. Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News he completely agrees with Bishop.

Driscoll says the grant for the town is down more than $147,000 and that decrease benefits other communities, who will see their grants go up. He says it's unfair and he would like to see more equity when it comes to distribution. Rothesay's grant will be decreasing by almost $100,000. The only neighbouring community to go up is Grand Bay-Westfield by over $12,000.  

Quispamsis holding off on rolling out their budget until the new year because of the cut to the unconditional grant---because it's less than expected, they need time for more review.