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Wasylycia-Leis promises business-tax freeze

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Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis has made an overture to small businesses in Winnipeg by promising to freeze the city's business-tax rate and attempt to speed up licence and permit renewals if she's elected mayor.

Speaking at a St. Boniface chocolate maker, the former NDP MP and MLA promised Wednesday to maintain the overall business-tax rate in Winnipeg at 5.7 per cent for four years, if she's elected mayor on Oct. 22.

Wasylycia-Leis also pledge to maintain the existing business-tax exemptions for the smallest Winnipeg businesses. But she did not pledge to freeze the overall pool of business-tax revenue, which would increase as the larger businesses grow.

Wasylycia-Leis also pledged to create a new business liaison to help speed up license and permit renewals. She said she hoped to do this without increasing the city's operating budget.

She also pledged to create small-business roundtables that would meet twice a year and advise the mayor.

Wasylycia-Leis is among seven candidates registered to run for mayor. Winnipeggers vote on Oct. 22.

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