Norfolk and Haldimand counties have received significant funding to help them in their search for savings and efficiencies.The Ford government announced recently that each county will receive $725,000 for this purpose.“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars,” Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in a news release.“This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services. I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”As one of its first acts after taking office last year, the Ford government undertook a line-by-line review of how the province does business. The objective was finding savings and efficiencies. With the funding announcement, the province expects municipalities to do the same.Areas where the funding could be used include the development of shared services agreements with neighbouring municipalities, digital automation, updated equipment, and formal reviews of service delivery models.“This money – with the wide diversity of eligible projects – is one way this government is helping people in rural Ontario,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said in the same news release.The funding is aimed at small and rural municipalities. A total of 405 municipalities have qualified. Funding totals were calculated on the basis of total households and whether a municipality is urban or rural.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

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