Gas tax paying for Craigflower bridge

Re: Others should chip in for new bridge, Letters, Sept. 28, 2011.

Re: Others should chip in for new bridge, Letters, Sept. 28, 2011.

Keith Sketchley asserts that Saanich is paying an unfair proportion of the bridge replacement while other jurisdictions are not stepping up. This is simply inaccurate.

The new Craigflower bridge is being paid for almost entirely by a regional pool of federal gas tax money and places no additional burden on the taxpayers of either View Royal or Saanich,  who jointly own the bridge.

The fund is administered by Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Capital Regional District and is a shining example of regional co-operation on major projects.

We are extremely fortunate that these funds are available for critical infrastructure projects  without putting more burden on the property tax payer.

David Screech

Councillor

View Royal