Declining unconditional grants lead to budget cuts and resentment of nearby communities who “freeload” off the larger centres.

Here’s a chart that shows the percentage of the City of Fredericton’s budget that comes from the province:

This leads to changing attitudes:

1992 – Sure, go ahead and use our rinks, the more the merrier

2011 – That’ll be $685, don’t like it? Move to the city!