The City of Winnipeg is putting the property tax increase to work.
The city approved a 3.87% property tax increase as part of its budget process in January, with one percentage point of that — approximately $14 million — dedicated to repairing roads and back lanes.
This year, 17 roads and four back lanes will be repaired.
After an announcement at the corner of Walden Crescent and Blue Heron Crescent in Transcona on July 4, Mayor Sam Katz said engineers recommended which roads were in most dire straits.
"I try to make sure it’s always professionals making these decisions and we keep the politicians out of it," Katz said.
Katz said he would like to see the program continue, considering 20% of local roads are in poor condition and another 15% are in need of immediate maintenance.
"The goal is to carry it forward, there’s no question," Katz said. "The hope was to continue it for 20 years, doing it for one year at a time. Future councils will make the decision. That’s the only way to address these problems."
Katz said he’s grateful to the federal government for the GST rebate, but would like to see a similar rebate from the province with the PST in order to help get even more done.
In northwest Winnipeg, the streets under repair are:
• Sutherland Avenue from Higgins Avenue to Stephens Street
• Diplomat Drive from Leila Avenue to Templeton Avenue
• Garton Avenue from King Edward Street to Inkster Garden Drive.
Meanwhile, the province is also kicking in $8.3-million to street repairs in
neighbourhoods across the city.
Streets slated for repair from those funds in the northwest include:
• Parr Street from Hartford Avenue to Jefferson Avenue
• Parr Street from Rupertsland Avenue to McAdam Avenue
• Manila Road from Cartwright Road to Jefferson Avenue
• Garton Avenue from Marianne Road to Inkster Garden Drive
• Burrows Avenue from McPhillips Street to Tommy Price Street.
The province is also kicking in funds to repair Sutherland from Higgins to Stephens.