EDMONTON, Alta. — The City of Edmonton will have another $13 million to invest in transportation since the fuel taxes generated in that city exceeded expectations.
The province has dedicated five cent per litre fuel tax to the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, with that money being earmarked for transportation projects. Originally when the agreement was signed in 2000, the transportation grants were based on estimates. Now that the first three years are in the book, the province has tallied the amount of fuel used in the two cities and will adjust the grant accordingly.
In Edmonton, 6.7 per cent more fuel than estimated was consumed over the past three years resulting in an additional grant of $13 million. Calgary will lose out on $1 million after that city used .3 per cent less fuel than anticipated.
“The five cents per litre agreement is working very well for the two cities and has funded numerous transportation infrastructure projects,” said Ed Stelmach, Minister of Transportation. “The fund responds to economic growth and has provided the two cities with the ability to address transportation-related growth pressures.”
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