Monday, February 28, 2022

GRCA budget $35 million

 The directors of the Grand River Conservation Authority have approved a budget of $35 million, of which $12.5 million will come via municipal taxes.

Their portion of the budget has increased by 2.5 per cent.

Federal and provincial governments contribute $3.9 million, or about 12.5 per cent of the budget.

The GRCA will generate about 46 per cent of its revenues from fees for camping, tree sales, property rentals, planning permits and donations.

The GRCA was the first in Ontario to offer farm subsidies for erosion controls, manure storages, tree planting and other measures designed to protect water resources. Most other conservation authorities have copied some of all of those initiatives.

Major expenses this year will be for water protection, flood warning and maintenance on dams and dikes.