CALGARY, Alta. — The City of Calgary appears to be edging ever closer to placing tolls on its highways, after a recent report suggested major cities consider new ways of generating revenue.
The Canada West Foundation issued the report, which urges municipalities to dump traditional revenue sources (such as property taxes) in favor of road tolls and other user-pay services.
The report goes on to say the money generated from road tolls should be sunk back into infrastructure.
Calgary Mayor, Dave Bronconnier, was intrigued by the suggestion. He tells local media, “Generally speaking, I think we’re moving more and more closer to a user-pay system, but you have to be careful with some of these.”
Casey Vander Ploeg, author of the report, says, “When you’re tolling major arteries, it allows the city to capture people who are using those roads, but may not live in the city.” That means truckers from coast to coast will have to shell out extra money each time they visit Cowtown, something that would almost certainly result in increased freight rates.
Another suggestion in the report that could affect trucking fleets, is the idea that the city’s monopoly on delivery services should be terminated. Private sector companies would be able to compete in areas such as garbage collection.
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