05/02/2000

Toronto, ON., May 2, 2000. In response to today’s Budget, AMO President Michael Power said, “Now that the budget has been balanced and the debt is being reduced, we are pleased that municipalities are seeing some of their contribution over the last five years being returned to municipal government and our communities.”
There are several budget components that will help municipalities. Among them is the government's investment in community economic development.  Support to rural and northern Ontario, through the Ontario Small Town and Rural Development Initiative, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, is a positive signal that municipal governments play an important role in building strong and healthy communities.

In addition, the announcement of several infrastructure investment vehicles means that both rural and urban centres will start to get some of the help necessary to deal with the ever-increasing infrastructure deficit.  Power said, "While the need is still great, today=s announcement is welcomed news.  The monies earmarked for such things as rebuilding roads, bridges and publicly-owned recreation facilities will help municipalities." 

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario=s population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario.

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