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.