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Katz agrees roads need fixing, but funds an issue

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Winnipeg will have pothole problems until it spends enough money to rebuild roads and maintain them.

Mayor Sam Katz said Winnipeg isn’t able to devote the money necessary to rebuild and maintain its road network.

"Potholes are nothing new. The reality is we need to built a lot of newer roads, TBOs, (road repaving) but most importantly… we need to maintain them properly.

"If you don’t maintain it, that’s what happens."

Katz said he is grateful for the $66 million the province announced in the budget it is giving to the city over five years for roadway projects, but added the province should rebate the provincial sales tax the city is forced to pay, just as the federal government rebates the GST.

Katz said city hall is spending $89 million this year on streets, sidewalks and backlanes -- an unprecedented amount for the city.

But he said that’s not enough given the poor state of the roads.

"There’s no secret or surprise that we have a lot of work to be done," Katz said.

"We know what the problem is -- we need the funds to fix it."

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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