Traffic fine money passed on

Province splits up its contributions to municipalities

Oak Bay received a second chunk of provincial change this month from the Strategic Community Investment Fund.

Traffic fine revenue sharing accounted for $204,585 of the most recent payout, while the remaining $131,040 was part of the Small Communities Grant, given to municipalities with a population less than 19,000.

In total, the municipality has received $555,477 from the province in 2011.

The traffic fine money comes out of a provincial pool and is earmarked for local policing services and crime prevention programs.

Initially the money was added to the police department’s general operating budget.

In previous years it has funded a new Oak Bay police officer position and the department’s enhanced service contract with Saanich, among other things.