08/18/2015

Niagara Falls, Ontario, August 18, 2015 – The City of Stratford’s Asset Management Plan Project has won an AMO Gas Tax Award.

Gary McNamara, AMO President, presented the award today to Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford, on the main stage at the AMO Annual Conference.

The AMO Gas Tax Award honours municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund. Winning projects improve local quality of life by making a difference in our communities, while achieving the Fund’s objectives.

“Developing an asset management plan gave our City useful information about the state of our local infrastructure and how much funding we’ll need to maintain it over the long term,” said Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford. “As a result of the asset management project, our Council committed to new training and technology that will help make asset management a part of the culture of the City of Stratford.”  

Stratford invested $32,107.16 from the Gas Tax Fund into the asset management project. The project involved reviewing and analyzing the City’s asset inventory and preparing an official asset management plan. By providing more information about the state of Stratford’s infrastructure, the plan helped confirm the message that municipalities need to set aside more funding to replace current assets, once they reach the end of their lifecycle. Having more information about the full lifecycle cost and sustainability of municipal assets will help any municipality provide residents with reliable infrastructure over the long term.

“Stratford’s residents will benefit from the City’s commitment to long-term planning,” said Gary McNamara, AMO President. “All municipalities will need to have a plan in place by the end of 2016. Stratford’s asset management project is a great example of the work that is already underway in communities across the province.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent and stable sources of funding for municipal infrastructure. It provides Ontario municipalities with $744 million per year of entitlement based funding. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. It is invested in infrastructure that makes our communities safer, more efficient and prosperous.  The Village of South River also received a 2015 AMO Gas Tax Award for its LED Streetlight Upgrade Project.

You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.