Manitoba

Councillor to push for property-tax increase

A Winnipeg city councillor will table a last-minute motion Tuesday asking that proposed increases to user fees and frontage levies be axed in favor of a property-tax hike.

A Winnipeg city councillor will table a last-minute motion Tuesday asking that proposed increases to user fees and frontage levies be axed in favor of a property-tax hike.

Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) said Monday that he will present the motion in council chambers on the day city council meets to debate the $847 million operating budget.

Wyatt is one of six councillors who has voiced opposition to budget proposals to hike user fees across the board for recreational facilities and raise the frontage levy by 47 per cent.

Instead, Wyatt is proposing raising property taxes by 3.75 per cent after being frozen for the past 13 years.

He said doing that would be more transparent for taxpayers.

"I think it's crucial that we do not do this shell game with the citizens of Winnipeg in terms of putting money into the frontage levies and taking it out the back door to balance the budget, I think we should be up front," he said.

The increases currently being proposed will hit working families too hard, Wyatt told CBC News.

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