CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If the recommendations from a City Hall committee ever see the light of day, we could be paying a lot more in municipal fees but less in property taxes.
During Monday’s City Council meeting, the Financial Task Force brought forward a list of over 30 new fees that would make the city less reliant on property taxes.
The long list would affect things like entertainment, hospitality, fuel, parking and home-based businesses and a possible municipal sales tax.
The task force says new fees would make the city less dependant on property taxes as the main source of revenue.
So far, it is only a recommendation but council did vote 12-3 to accept the report from the task force and look at the recommendations further.
Council votes 12-3 to accept the Task Force Report and pursue dozens of new taxes.
In favour of new taxes:
Opposed to dozens of new taxes:
— Common Sense Calgary (@CommonSenseYYC) June 29, 2020
The city says commercial tax base has shrivelled up in recent years due to the downturn in the energy sector and low oil prices.
The City Hall watchdog believes this move is “once again, the fault of an out-of-control Council that has no plan other than making you pay more.”