TRURO - Colchester Ground Search and Rescue is to see its annual funding from the Municipality of Colchester increased by more than $26,000.
Colchester County council last week approved a request from the organization to increase its capital funding contribution from $80,000 to $106,945 over the next five years.
The municipality first began providing annual funding to the group with an initial amount of $10,000. In 2010 it requested an increase from the county in its annual funding and capital grants.
Last February the group requested that Colchester and fellow municipal units in Truro and Stewiacke contribute towards the purchase of a new three-quarter ton truck to tow its command post trailer.
Over the next five years, the county is committed to providing the group with a total of $117,518 in operating funds and $106,945 in capital funding.
A proposed funding option, if approved, will see Truro providing a total of $32,014 in operating funds over the next five years, the Town of Stewiacke $3,817 and Millbrook First Nations $1,883.
CGSAR would contribute $10,200 to its operating expenses over the next five years under the proposed formula with another $4,000 expected in grants for a total budget of $184,432.
Under the proposed formula the five-year capital budget would also see a total contribution from Colchester of $106,945; $35,160 from the Town of Truro, $4,395 from Stewiacke; $3,500 from Millbrook and $10,000 from CGSAR, for a total capital budget of $160,000.
The group's combined five-year budgets under the formula would total $344,432.