Grand River Conservation Authority Confirms Budget
The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will spend about $31 million this year on programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, protect natural areas, support responsible development and provide outdoor recreation and environmental education.
The budget was approved by the GRCA board on Friday, February 24, 2017. The board is made up of 26 members appointed by the municipalities in the Grand River watershed.
Municipalities will contribute $11 million in general municipal levy to the GRCA this year, about 36 per cent of the total budget. The municipal levy portion is up about 2.5 per cent this year, about $10.60 per resident.
Government grants totaling approximately $4 million represents nearly 13 per cent of the budget. This includes $800,000 from municipalities towards the Rural Water Quality program. The remainder is primarily provincial grants, which include funding of over $800,000 for the Source Protection Program.
The GRCA also receives approximately $300,000 in funding from the federal government. $220,000 of 2017’s funding is in support of Canada 150 projects.
Finally, the GRCA generates about $14.6 million, or about 47 per cent, of its own revenue through revenue sources such as camping fees, park admissions, nature centre programs, hydro sales, property rentals, tree sales, planning permits, and donations raised by the Grand River Conservation Foundation.
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