02/16/2012 01:12 EST | Updated 04/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Head of Alberta mayors says too much funding still tied to political whim

EDMONTON - The head of Alberta's Urban Municipalities Association has patched up a rift with the province, but says she still has concerns over how towns and cities get money.

Linda Sloan says cities need dedicated funding to fix infrastructure and deliver programs.

Sloan says too much of that funding — about 20 per cent — still comes in the form of grants.

She says municipalities can't base long-term budgets on grants, which she says can be subject to political whims and allegiances.

She made the comments after she and Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths delivered speeches at an association meeting in Edmonton.

Griffiths had planned to boycott the meeting over comments Sloan made that suggested government funding to municipalities has become corrupted by pork-barrel politics.

Griffiths changed his mind after Sloan said she had been quoted out of context.