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I am stunned by the recent actions of Mayor Sam Katz and city council relating to the proposed levy on all new housing (City eyes tax on new-home purchases, Nov. 5). After months of publicly shaming Premier Greg Selinger for his government's one-percentage-point PST increase, Katz has the gall to call for a $10,000 to $12,000 per-lot tax on all new-home buyers.

Developers already pay for growth-related infrastructure, and I am certain they forward this cost to homebuyers. This means homebuyers will now be doubly taxed.

Meanwhile, in a small story on the same page, Shindico plans new mall, we read the company will only go ahead with the project "when Reenders is extended to Peguis Street." But why should new-home builders and buyers pay for infrastructure improvements, while Shindico has taxpayers subsidize its mall project?

NATALIA COGGINS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 6, 2013 A8

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