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Municipalities, CRD receiving $7 million from province

Jul 12 2012

Greater Victoria's local governments will split more than $7 million in the latest round of community grants and traffic fine revenue, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

The region's 13 municipalities, as well as the Capital Regional District, will receive a total of $7.29 million in grants and money generated from traffic tickets and court-imposed fines, according to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The money is meant to offset the cost of policing and community safety and address infrastructure priorities.

It's the second round of such funding in 2012, and it brings the region's total to almost $12 million this year. That's $230,308 less than last year, though considerably higher than in some previous years, including 2010, when $3.1 million was paid to the region.

Victoria has received the largest local share so far this year, with more than $3 million in traffic fine revenue. A city spokeswoman said the most recent money was expected and already budgeted for within the Victoria Police Department.

Saanich is slated to receive $2.08 million. Other funding totals include: $625,093 for Central Saanich; $489,111 for Colwood; $830,319 for Esquimalt; $509,406 for Highlands; $328,953 for Langford; $714,592 for Metchosin; $611,451 for North Saanich; $599,629 for Oak Bay; $660,110 for Sidney; $644,084 for Sooke; $657,700 for View Royal and $84,958 for the Capital Regional District.

Small Community and Regional District Grants are meant to help small communities and local governments provide basic services. The amounts are based in part on a formula that factors in population and assessment values within a municipality.

The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing assists eligible municipalities that pay police enforcement costs directly.

rshaw@timescolonist.com

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