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Calgary gravel truck operators may be taxed

CALGARY, Alta. -- A Calgary committee has suggested that City Council slap a 25 cent per tonne levy on gravel truck...


CALGARY, Alta. — A Calgary committee has suggested that City Council slap a 25 cent per tonne levy on gravel truck operators in the city.

Calgarys land use, planning and transportation committee said the new tax would generate revenue to fix roads it says are damaged by gravel trucks. About three million tonnes of gravel is hauled out of privately-owned gravel pits within the city limits, the committee pointed out.

The levy, if approved, would generate about $750,000 per year. One Alderman suggested expanding the levy to other types of trucks as well.

“For every gravel truck on the road, there’s nine other trucks beating our roads up,” Ald. Gord Low said. “I have no problem putting on the levy – but to hand them with the reputation of tearing the roads up all by themselves is a little heavy.”

If approved by City Council, the levy would take effect Jan. 1, 2008.


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