Rural Areas Struggling

Lambton County Warden Todd Case wants cuts to the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) to be a main issue in the upcoming provincial election.

Funding to rural municipalities was reduced by $25-million in both 2012 and 2013. This year’s provincial budget proposed further cuts of $35-million, $10-million more than initially thought.

Warden Case says that makes it tough for municipalities to continue to deliver services. He wants every party to announce their stance on the issue.

Case says the OMPF was established to help fund things like OPP policing. He says it’s ironic that policing costs are rising at the same time the fund is being reduced.

OPP policing costs have gone up 8.5 per cent this year.

He says every rural agricultural municipality in Lambton has been impacted by funding reductions.