Kenora City Councillors have given their ideas on what projects the Municipal Accommodation Tax should be funding in the future.
A brainstorming session was held on Monday.
Stace Gander is director of Economic Development and Recovery and says they were able to leverage some of the MAT Tax money this year for grants from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
“We’ve got $2.28 million dollars going into two projects…the parking lot at the Rec. Center and all the docking projects,” Gander told city council at a special meeting Monday afternoon.
“In addition, we would be funding the Coney Island Shuttle.”
Gander adds they are also providing $100,000 to the Kenora Nordic Trails Ski Club for lighting on their cross-country ski trails, and Mount Evergreen.
“Why that money is important to those organizations is they can take that money and can leverage it, so when they go to the NOHFC or another funding organization, they get multiples on our contributions.”
Other programs the MAT Tax will help fund is expanding the Disc Golf Course from 9 to 18 holes, a new rink for the White Cap Pavilion, outdoor street markets and a housing forum.
Some of the ideas from council were more development on the Tunnel Island Trails, bringing the crosstown snowmobile trail into the city, another RV/trailer campground, taking over the boat launch on Black Sturgeon Lake, more money for holiday lighting, and the Harbourfront Ambassadors program.