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Gas tax funds boost community initiatives

July 15, 2016 1:47 P.M.
Candle Creek mountain bike trail network near Clearwater. (

TNRD has approved more than $157,000 in federal gas tax funding (GTF) for five projects in communities across the region.

Board directors voted unanimously to disperse the funds from the community works component of federal gas tax revenues.

The funding includes:

  • $45,000 for roof resurfacing, insulation and a rear-entry upgrade to Lower Nicola Community Hall through an agreement with the Lower Nicola Community Association.
  • $24,000 for energy-efficiency upgrades to the Blue River Fire Hall through an agreement with the Blue River Improvement District.
  • $6,000 to fund a new section of the Candle Creek mountain bike trails network through an agreement with the Wells Gray Outdoors Club.
  • $70,000 for roof resurfacing, heating upgrades and various other improvements to the 70 Mile Community Hall through an agreement with the 70 Mile Community Club.
  • $12,500 for LED lighting upgrades at the Pritchard community sewer system treatment building.

Legislated as a permanent source of infrastructure funding for local governments and rural communities, the GTF allocates $2 billion a year to a variety of projects including those aimed at improving energy efficiency.

“What would we do without the gas tax funding?” TNRD board chairman John Ranta said after the project funding was approved.

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