WINNIPEG – The prospect of growth fees being added to new homes built in Winnipeg has raised the hackles of the Manitoba Homebuilders Association.
The issue is about to come back to City Hall with a consulting report on growth fees expected to be delivered in the next couple of weeks.
Homebuilders Association President Mike Moore tells 680 CJOB charging thousands of dollars for a new home will be bad for growth in the city.
“That doesn’t stunt, that kills,” Moore says. “New home taxpayers are paying more than their fair share. In other words, most new homes in new neighbourhoods pay higher taxes than those of us in older, existing neighbourhoods.”
The mayor wants growth fees in the next budget, saying people building new homes in new neighbourhoods should shoulder more of the cost that comes with new infrastructure.
Moore is afraid that charging growth fees will see people pass on building in Winnipeg and move to bedroom communities instead.