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Katz won't take 'No' for an answer

Will press for right to tax new developments

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Mayor Sam Katz says he’s not taking No from Premier Selinger.

Selinger said over the noon hour today he would not support giving Winnipeg new powers to impose new fees on developers.

But Katz said the city will still formally request legislative changes to impose fees to cover the costs of growth-related services.

Katz said he doesn’t understand how the province can allow rural communities to have the right to impose such charges on developers but not Winnipeg.

"If you live in a mature neighbourhood… Should you be subsidizing growth in other parts of the city, because that’s what this is all about," Katz said this afternoon. "Having growth pay for growth."

Earlier today, Selinger said he won’t support the city’s request.

"We’re not interested in new fees and charges," Selinger said. "They can do many of the things they want to do now through development agreements… We’re not going to bring forward legislation."

Katz said the city can’t collect enough property taxes to repair existing infrastructure in established neighbourhoods and provide services for new suburban communities.

Katz said developers have already accepted the concept, so long as the fees apply only to services spawned by suburban growth.

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