City recommends hiking transit tax by 3.5 per cent in 2019

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, December 7, 2018

The City of Ottawa wants to hike the transit levy on property tax bills by 3.5 per cent next year, more than what it had expected in a long-range funding plan for transit services.

A budget report published Friday ahead of a council meeting next Wednesday recommends the 3.5-per-cent transit levy increase because 2019 will be a “transition year,” considering the anticipated launch of the Confederation Line LRT.

It was only in March 2017 that council received a long-range financial plan for transit that said transit-specific taxes and fares would increase each year by 2.5 per cent.

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