WINNIPEG – The pushing and shoving over growth fees continues.
Mayor Brian Bowman says a one time fee would go into off-site infrastructure.
But Eric Vogan with Qualico says the mayor has a very limited understanding of the situation.
“There’s a real apparent problem with the lens he’s using. He dismisses the cost-benefit studies which show that, because people in Waverley West pay more than twice the average taxes than the rest of Winnipeg. He dismisses that to say that’s not the experience in other cities and that’s true.”
Vogan says we should look at cities like Calgary to help form a plan.
“In Calgary, people buy new homes at the edge of town because they’re cheaper and therefore they pay less taxes than the average. The new homeowners really have to step up in terms of contributions in order to pay that. But in Winnipeg, homeowners pay a huge tax premium.”
Vogan says he wants to sit down with all parties and work things out in a quiet room.