In response to the Minister of Municipal Affairs request to all Municipal Councils, the Mayor of Spruce Grove wrote to the Alberta Government on April 28th to advocate and outline how the City of Spruce Grove would utilize capital stimulus funding if such funding were to be made available (attachment one).
At the time of that letter being sent, City administration was under the understanding that any stimulus funding that might be forthcoming would need to be expended in the 2020 calendar year. This perceived requirement influenced some of those projects put forward.
In that letter, the Mayor outlined four (4) different proposals that City could undertake depending on the criteria and grant requirements that could be part of the municipal stimulus capital program.
On July 28th, the Alberta Government announced the components of the Municipal Capital Stimulus Program as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The program has two components: operational and capital stimulus grant funding. At the time of writing this RFD, the finalized makeup of the operational stimulus grant funding was still being confirmed by the various levels of governments (there had been some verbal messaging regarding certain aspects, but nothing in writing). The City of Spruce Grove may apply to access up to $4,251,472 in capital stimulus funding within the following broad criteria:
• Applications must be received by the Alberta Government by October 1, 2020
• Projects must commence construction by December 31, 2021, with municipal stimulus funds having been spent by then as well and must not result in municipal tax increases.
• Projects will be evaluated based on the ability to support local jobs and stimulate the economy – both through construction and over the life of the asset.
• Municipalities must commit to further supporting growth in the municipality by reducing red tape and providing a report to the Province of such efforts.