Winnipeg mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis wants to pump an extra $60 million into infrastructure repairs.
Right now, city council has approved $340 million in local and regional roads, but Wasylycia-Leis said if elected, she would add $60 million for repairs over the next four years.
"I know it's not enough, but we will continue to find ways to advance this plan, and in fact, we will take a big bite out our infrastructure deficit," she said.
Wasylycia-Leis said she would finance the debt and pay for it over 30 years with funds raised from a property tax increase. That increase would be around three per cent and would be indexed to inflation.
"We will make this investment while ensuring that we keep property taxes affordable," she said.
She said the increased debt wouldn’t affect the city’s credit rating and would allow the city to address its current infrastructure debt immediately.
“It will be based on priorities and a process that I will oversee going forward. Winnipeggers want to know that there is a plan to address these crumbling streets on a priority basis,” she said.
Wasylycia-Leis also said she would implement the recommendations made in recent audits of cost overruns at the new police headquarters on Graham Avenue and a controversial fire hall landswap deal to ensure the city’s infrastructure funds are spent wisely.
She released a detailed plan about what her first 12 months as mayor would look like, as well as plans for the southwest transit corridor and a three-year outlook.
You can read her detailed roads plan on her website.