Local governments receive provincial funding 

Whistler, Pemberton and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District will receive a combined total of $380,000 from the provincial government’s Small Community Grant and Regional District Grant programs this year.

“It is important provincial and local governments work together in order to provide the people we serve with the services they need,” MLA Joan McIntyre said in announcing the grants last week.

The grants are intended to help small and medium sized municipalities fund basic services for residents.

Under a new formula Whistler will receive almost $85,000. Whistler did not receive any money from the grants last year.

Pemberton will receive $175,000; last year the community received $117,000.

The grant for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District will be the same as last year, $120,000.

A press release announcing the grants stated that this is the first step in the province's commitment to doubling these unconditional grants over the next four years, as announced by Premier Gordon Campbell at the 2005 Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting.

The grants are in addition to the traffic fine revenue sharing program which sees all traffic fine revenue returned to municipalities to assist in providing for public safety. Initiatives include community policing, crime prevention and education.

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