Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Mayor, municipalities accuse province of numbers game

Leadership needed to 'slay infrastructure dragon': Katz

  • Print

WINNIPEG  - Mayor Sam Katz accused the Selinger government of misleading cities by implying they will receive a greater portion of growth revenues.

His comments come exactly one week after the provincial government unveiled its budget. Last week, Katz accused the Selinger government of playing semantics by pledging to honour municipalities' request for one point of the PST.

This morning, Katz reiterated his criticism of the provincial budget and said it left cities with the impression that cities will receive new incremental money to put towards their infrastructure deficit. Katz said that is "totally inaccurate" and the province has simply "repackaged" existing funding.

"The facts are that is totally inaccurate," Katz said.

Winnipeg's infrastructure deficit is estimated at $3.8 billion.

Manitoba municipalities have lobbied for a one-point share of the provincial PST, which would amount to an additional $239 million to put toward crumbling roads in Winnipeg and aging water treatment plants in rural parts of the province.

Winnipeg would receive an additional $125 million to $150 million of new money under this plan.

"If you actually want to do something positive and constructive to improve infrastructure for the citizens of Winnipeg, then step up and do what’s right and provide municipalities with a real funding source to address the priorities of the people who’ve elected you," said Katz in a release.

"We can’t repair roads, rebuild our bridges and keep our communities safe and competitive without real money. We need real leadership to slay the infrastructure dragon."

Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski said he was disappointed the additional growth revenues are not there since municipalities need help.

He said the association plans to continue to fight for a share of the PST to address aging pipes and water treatment plants in rural Manitoba.

"The infrastructure deficit in this province is in the billions of dollars and municipalities just can’t handle it on their own," he said.

"We need a new source of growth revenue dedicated to fixing the problem."

Jen.skerritt@freepress.mb.ca

History

Updated on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM CDT: Corrects figure, adds new quotes.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Maurice Leggett on his three interceptions vs. Alouettes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • A black swallowtail butterfly land on Lantana flowers Sunday morning at the Assiniboine Park English Gardens- standup photo – August 14, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Does Canada need a national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google