May 22, 2014 3:22 pm

Province gives funds to help Cape Breton with budget shortfall

Cape Breton Regional Municipality mayor Cecil Clarke

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s municipal relations minister says he has handed over extra cash to the Cape Breton Region to help it deal with a serious budget shortfall.

But the municipality’s mayor says the money will do little to relieve its fiscal pain.

Cecil Clarke, the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, says the 725-thousand dollars that the province is giving comes from existing municipal programs.

Clarke says that money will have little impact on the region’s budget because it was already expected.

The cash-strapped municipality approved a budget this week that included an appeal to the province for financial help.

It also called for job and service cuts, and a major reduction to the transit service.

Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey says there is room for further discussions with Clarke.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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