• 2014 09 04 Steeves BRT

    Wasylycia-Leis’s BRT plan throws Winnipeggers under the bus

    She can’t afford Phase 2 unless she raises property taxes more than 12 percent

    Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves said Judy Wasylycia-Leis’s plan for Phase 2 of Bus Rapid Transit can only happen with a property tax hike in excess of 12 percent.

    “I do not believe Judy Wasylycia-Leis has fully considered the negative impact Phase 2 of Bus Rapid Transit will have,” Steeves said. “There will be unaccounted costs associated with this project which prevents this plan from being viable.”

    Steeves questioned how Bus Rapid Transit can generate dollars through development when much of the Phase 2 through the Parker Lands runs through undevelopable right of ways populated by Manitoba Hydro transmission lines.

    Wasylycia-Leis promised to hike property taxes 12 percent before the June 23 BRT report to Winnipeg City Council was made public. She has a responsibility to explain how she will pay for Phase 2 of Bus Rapid Transit. She will have to implement a one-time five percent property tax increase, which will become part of your property tax bill for the next 30 years. This is in addition to her already promised 12 percent property tax increase.

    “That’s why I can’t support Phase 2 of BRT,” Steeves said. “This BRT plan forces Winnipeggers deeper into debt because the funding is not in place for this now. Judy Wasylycia-Leis can not complete Phase 2 without a property tax increase much higher than the 12 percent hike she has already promised.”

    Gord Steeves has a viable infrastructure renewal plan that includes a property tax freeze. Judy Wasylycia-Leis has a plan to hike property taxes and hurt taxpayers on fixed incomes and young families struggling to make ends meet.

    The choice is clear. Do voters want to spend the next four years Rebuilding Winnipeg with Gord Steeves, or paying for property tax hikes greater than 12 percent? Winnipeggers can’t afford to elect Judy Wasylycia-Leis and the NDP to City Hall.

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