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Calgary urges Alta. to scrap tire tax

CALGARY, Alta. - A Calgary city alderman is calling on the province of Alberta to scrap a $4-per tire recycling tax.Ald. John Schmal recently introduced the motion before council."To continue to charg...


CALGARY, Alta. – A Calgary city alderman is calling on the province of Alberta to scrap a $4-per tire recycling tax.

Ald. John Schmal recently introduced the motion before council.

“To continue to charge Albertans the $4 tax is a rip off,” Schmal tells local media. “It’s served its purpose.”

He points out that the majority of tires in Alberta have already been recycled and the levy is just a government slush fund.

Schmal says that leftover money from the tax should be used to dispose of the last of the province’s used tires, but the tax itself is now obsolete.

Provincial Finance Minister, Pat Nelson, was surprised by the suggestion. She responded by saying “If (council) wants to drop me a letter, they can do that.”


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