WINNIPEG – Winnipeggers are split on the idea of growth fees, according to a new poll.
680 CJOB and Global News asked 343 people what they thought of the controversial idea at city hall.
Sixty-six per cent of them said they were aware of that Mayor Brian Bowman wanted to introduce the fees.
From there, it was a pretty even split.
– Forty nine per cent of those polled said they opposed the fees.
– Forty three per cent said they supported the idea.
– Eight per cent of people said they weren’t sure where they stood.
The poll was conducted between September 19th and 22nd. That’s when the issue was on the front burner at city hall, with a contentious meeting at Bowman’s Executive Policy Committee bringing the issue front and centre last week.
The fees would add to the cost of new developments within city limits. Bowman says they’re needed to pay for services required by new developments, and avoid the need for more big property tax hikes.
Councillors have agreed to put off a vote on the fees “indefinitely” for more consultation.