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Calgary considers implementing city-wide fuel tax

CALGARY, Alta. -- This spring, Calgarians may be asked whether or not they are willing to pay an extra two to three...


CALGARY, Alta. — This spring, Calgarians may be asked whether or not they are willing to pay an extra two to three cents a litre at the pump to help fund road improvements in the city.

A city fuel tax could raise up to $50 million to help improve transportation in the area, through the formation of a stand-alone transportation trust fund.

Census takers are expected to conduct the poll in April, to avoid the huge costs of running a plebiscite.

Each penny per litre chared to drivers is expected to bring in about $16 million a year for the city.

Calgary mayor, Dave Bronconier, says that the reason the fuel tax is necessary is that the province is unwilling to give the city its fair share of fuel tax revenue.

“The province is shifting the obligation for roads without the money,” he complains.


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