TORONTO – The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (NEMI) is among 115 small and rural municipalities that are receiving funding to find savings and improve services for their residents and businesses.
A provincial release noted that Ontario is investing up to $8.1 million to support projects that will “help small and rural municipalities find savings and improve services for their residents and businesses.” Projects range from broad reviews that will look at a number of municipal services, to more targeted opportunities for savings such as energy audits and fleet services reviews.
With funding being provided, the Northeast Town will be able to provide a service delivery review.
“By making these investments we are helping small and rural municipalities find better ways to deliver important municipal services like roads, waste management and fire services,” said Steve Clark, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in the release. “There is only one taxpayer. That’s why we are helping to ensure every dollar is invested wisely and we are getting good value for money.”
The Municipal Modernization Program will be used to conduct service delivery reviews. Some municipalities plan to conduct line-by-line reviews of their entire operating budgets, while others will look for ways to lower costs and improve services in specific areas such as road maintenance or information technology services.