Dear Friends and Neighbours,
2020 did not go according to anyone’s plan. Family, business and government budgets alike were turned upside down with unexpected costs and less money to go around.
To aid local municipalities I’m happy to announce a $1,505,253 grant to the Town of Sylvan Lake under the new Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST) funding. In partnership with the federal government, MOST will help Sylvan offset their unexpected costs and revenue losses due to the pandemic; including ensuring public facilities remain safe places to enjoy.
Earlier this year $113,586 in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding was also transferred from Alberta’s government to Sylvan Lake. Between MOST and MSI, Sylvan Lake can continue to pay staff and provide services that residents rely on. This is especially important as municipalities across the province grapple with tough budget decisions.
Alberta’s government will be responsible with tax-payer dollars – it’s what we were elected to do. We also need to ensure that hard-working men and women aren’t burdened with higher taxes. We’re also trying to kick-start our economy by attracting new investments that will create local job opportunities.
Together, the province and municipalities can help us get through these tough economic times and spur economic growth to get Alberta back on track.
-Devin Dreeshen, MLA Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry