Kingston to receive $3.27 million in gas tax revenue
KINGSTON — The city is to receive more than $3.27 million in gas tax revenue from the provincial government.
The money is to be used to help municipalities operate and expand their public transit services.
“Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province,” Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s minister of transportation, said in a statement. “Supporting transit systems is more important than ever as municipalities across Ontario struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Loyalist Township is to receive more than $186,000, part of $1.33 million being shared by five municipalities in Hastings and Lennox and Addington counties.
“This will enable municipalities to plan transit for 2021 with certainty, which is so important in this uncertain time,” Hastings—Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp said. “Public transit will be important for economic recovery in all five of these HL&A municipalities.”
Funding for the gas tax program is set by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year.
Revenue from the tax is to be spent by municipalities to extend public transit service hours, buy transit vehicles, add transit routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
In total, 144 communities in 109 municipalities are to split $375 million in gas tax revenue this year.