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Municipal Transit Funding Went Down, But it Should Have Gone up, Says Bancroft Community Transit’s Director of Operations

$65,981 is funding is coming to Bancroft Community Transit, but that may not be enough.

That is what the Director of Operations at BCT Gwen Coish said when speaking with My Bancroft Now. “This year’s number has actually decreased,” she said. Coish added that she has gotten in contact with the Ministry of Transportation to see why this is happening. She believes it has to do with the transfer of BCT that happened in August 2017. Coish says allocations for this year were decided then.

“There should not be a cut, based on the service and based on our expenditures, the numbers should actually increase,” Coish said. She said it currently costs $1,800 a week to run BCT’s various services, which costs just over $93,000 a year.

“The more partners we have the better it is in regards to the allocation we receive,” Coish said. Right now Bancroft provides $7,500, Hastings Highlands give $3,000, Wollaston Township gives $1,000 and Highlands East gives $10,000 annually.

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“We’re hopeful that these inquiries and the reception we’ve had from the ministry will transmit into recognizing that there’s been some type of oversight,” Coish said.

In total, the Province will be giving $364 million in gas tax funding will to 107 municipalities in Ontario.

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