KELOWNA– Kelowna and area will be receiving nearly $890,000 as part of almost $40 million being invested into communities across B.C. to meet local needs including more policing, new equipment, increased community safety initiatives, infrastructure and service delivery priorities.
- The City of Kelowna will receive $612,746 in traffic fine revenue.
- The District of Lake Country will receive a Small Community Grant of $115,021 as well as $32,768 in traffic fine revenue.
- The District of West Kelowna will receive $83,436 in traffic fine revenue.
- The Central Okanagan Regional District will receive a Regional District Grant of $45,968.
“These traffic fine revenues support local law enforcement, supporting a variety of public safety initiatives that benefit people of all ages,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “This grant is one more tool to help maintain Kelowna’s reputation as a safe, welcoming place to live, work and visit.”
“Lake Country is a growing community, and this Small Community Grant of more than $115,000 will help the District with various infrastructure and service delivery priorities,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “The District is also receiving traffic fine revenues to support important crime prevention initiatives.”
“West Kelowna is a great place to raise a family, and a young, growing community needs safety infrastructure,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Nobody likes to get a traffic ticket, but the money is put to good use, re-invested in making our roads safer for everyone.”
These are the first of two annual payments. A further payment of $75 million will be made in June 2015.
Since 2009, the Small Community, Regional District and Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Grants have provided more than $718 million in funding to support B.C. communities enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.