Alt-budget touts property tax hike

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WINNIPEG - The city ought to hike property taxes to match inflation, tax plastic bags and suburban parking spots and levy a one-time fee on new suburban homes.

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WINNIPEG – The city ought to hike property taxes to match inflation, tax plastic bags and suburban parking spots and levy a one-time fee on new suburban homes.

That’s according to an alternative city budget released by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Thursday morning to drum up an election-time discussion about the city’s tight finances.

The new measures could raise an extra $40 million that could be spent on better urban planning, more housing revitilization, better bus service, a downpayment on a completed BRT system, more community safety programs and a roll back of a recent fee hike for ambulance rides.

The CCPA said council has created its own budget crunch by its decade-long unwillingness to raise property taxes. More than that, the CCPA says it’s time city hall consider new, more creative taxes to discourage sprawl and environmentally-unfriendly behaviour.

That includes a $100 ayear tax on surface parking stalls in places like malls, and a tax on new housing starts worth about $15,000 on a $300,000 home.

Property taxes should go up about one per cent this year to keep up with inflation and a real capital region tax plan is needed to stop residents in places like Headingley and East St. Paul from taking advantage of Winnipeg’s services while not paying taxes.

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