In the interest of clarity, The Hamiltonian asked City Manager Chris Murray to explain how a yearly municipal commitment of $200,000.00 per year for three years, for LRT funding, grew to 5 million dollars.
Mr. Murray provided the following clarification:
Thanks for your inquiry and for the opportunity to clarify dates and information
as it relates to the LRT program and monies spent. Last October through a
report and presentation to committee staff advised members of City Council that
we had spent approximately $5.1m of city budgeted money on LRT work plus the $3m
Metrolinx grant - totaling $8.1 Million.
In that report we also
advised Council that we would be spending an additional $965,000 (funded from
previous Metrolinx grant money which is now in a reserve) to complete some
additional work. This money was again part of the Metrolinx grant.
recently, LRT staff provided members of Council a verbal update earlier this
month on the status of our work and expenditures.
The new total to date
is $9.1 Million ($5.1 Million City/$4 Million metrolinx). I hope this
information is sufficient and if you require additional details, I'd be happy to
try and track that down for you.
We advised Mr. Murray that the information provided is sufficient and that there was no need to track it down any further. Thank-you to Chris for engaging with Hamiltonians on The Hamiltonian.