Town’s Community Improvement Plan to see more funds allocated to keep Heritage Perth looking great
The Downtown Perth Community Improvement Plan has had yet another successful year.
“A total of 17 applications were received in 2018, and 15 were approved,” Shannon Baillon, Director of Community Services told council.
Since it’s inception in 2012 the Perth CIP has disbursed $235,000 to downtown businesses and building owners, who in turn have invested $839,800 as a result of the program.
Every year town council has approved an allocation of $25,000 to the program, that’s now being increased to $35,000.
“Over the last three years, we’ve gone back to council and asked for additional funds and we’ve used them up every time, so we’re at the point we’re confident that it’s going to continue,” said Baillon.
Up until now there was also a minimum $500 requirement for funding, meaning that a business could not apply for funding of projects that would cost less than $2,500. That requirement is now being removed, so that smaller projects can be eligible.
There are still various programs available under the CIP including the Energy Retrofit program loans and the Municipal Tax Rebate program, neither one of those programs has been inundated with applications yet, although the former has seen at least one project approved.
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