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TransLink votes to raise fuel taxes

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- TransLink has elected to raise taxes -- including a two cents per litre fuel tax -- to help them...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — TransLink has elected to raise taxes — including a two cents per litre fuel tax — to help them balance their budget.

The controversial fuel tax will come into effect Apr. 1. The TransLink board voted 10-2 in favor of raising taxes rather than the other option they were considering of reducing services.

The tax hikes will face a final ratification vote Friday at the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

“There’s a lot of different opinions on what taxes should be raised and shouldn’t, but most everyone agrees they don’t want to see cuts,” says Vancouver Coun. Jennifer Clarke.

The B.C. Trucking Association has been very vocal in opposing the fuel taxes, and the tax hike had its share of opponents on a recent tour of the Greater Vancouver Area that was aimed at gauging public opinion.

But in the end, the board felt that most people would rather pay more taxes then lose services altogether.


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