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Katz considers road tolls, coy on political future

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Mayor Sam Katz discussed brown water, tolls and his political future during the regular Wednesday morning exchange with reporters outside his office.

On brown water, Katz said the city has hired at least two consulting firms to help solve the problem but he remains frustrated no explanation or solution has been found.

"This cannot continue.... We need to know why it's happening."

On the issue of imposing tolls on city roads and bridges, Katz said he doesn't support the measure for existing roadways and bridges but says it's worth considering for a new roadway that offers motorists a quicker route to their destination.

However, Katz added that charging out-of-towners a toll to cross city limits is "worth discussing."

Katz said he expects the merits of imposing tolls to be thoroughly discussed during the budget process.

On his political future, Katz said he's been too busy dealing with day-to-day issues to consider whether to seek re-election in October 2014.

"My priorities are running the city," Katz said, adding, however, he likes the job and would run again if he believes progress is continuing to be made.

Katz said he's not troubled by the emergence of several potential candidates from right of the political spectrum -- considered his safe spot.

"I think it's encouraging to see people are genuinely interested and hopefully committed to running for public office at the civic level."

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Archive video – Sam Katz was asked by reporters whether he'd run for mayor after his State of the City address on March 8, 2013
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