Expect councillors to question proposed transit tax and fare increases

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 2018

Is a proposed 3.5 per cent transit tax increase a sign of things to come?

Expect councillors to ask that and other questions during a meeting Wednesday as council scrutinizes elements of the upcoming municipal budget.

Coun. Stephen Blais, who chaired the transit commission last term, said he wants to know how the proposed transit tax hike is in line with Transpo’s goal of covering 55 per cent of transit costs with fare revenue.

Under the city’s 2019 budget proposal, the transit tax increase would be higher than the 2.5 per cent fare increase scheduled to come into effect next summer.


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