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TransLink board chair urges mayors to approve 30 per cent property tax increase, gets “chilly” reception

November 10th, 2010 · 82 Comments

Metro Vancouver mayors met yesterday to look at the letter and plan from the TransLink board, headed by the long-suffering Dale Parker, for how to go forward in 2011.

Parker said there’s no way to get new sources of revenue by 2011 but TransLink needs to sign an agreement by the end of the year so that construction on the Evergreen Line can go ahead. So he’s recommending that they approve a property-tax increase for 2012, in the hopes that the province will give something new (carbon-tax revenue or whatever) or that they can figure out how to put a vehicle levy in place by then.

Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs, who keeps a close eye on TransLink along with his many other activities, said that idea did not get a warm reception at yesterday’s mayors’ meeting, which ended too late for any of us media types to get reaction from them by deadline.

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