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Regional towns and RDEK get provincial funding boostPosted: July 6, 2012

Four regional municipalities and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) will be receiving portions of $1,681,692 in provincial government funding, announced the BC Government Caucus today (July 5).

The Strategic Community Investment Fund dollars can be used by the governments in providing basic services.

Getting the biggest piece of the pie is the City of Kimberley, with $454,899. The city is getting $403,442 from the Small Community and Regional District Grants (SCG) and $51,457 back from the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program (TFRS), which helps municipalities that directly pay for police enforcement costs.

The next largest sum is going to the City of Fernie, which is getting $393,953 from the SCG and the City of Cranbrook is getting $353,640, with $205,726 of that coming from the TFRS and the remainder from the SCG.

The District of Elkford is receiving $334,643 from the SCG and the RDEK will get $144,557.

Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett said he is pleased to see the TFRS money coming back to the two East Kootenay cities.

“Our local RCMP is respected by the community for all their hard work and valiant efforts. Sometimes it’s the little things that help them out, and I know many of their programs are dependent on these bonuses,” he said.

The TFRS grants come from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, and the amount of money a municipality receives is based on its contribution to total municipal policing costs.

This money will provide additional funding for local policing services and crime prevention programs.

The province has now invested over $975 million in the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program and Small Community Regional District Grants since 2001.

The Small Community and Regional District Grant allocation is based on population and assessment.

Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program funds come from fines on violation tickets.

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