It’s not often you hear politicians supporting raising taxes.
That is exactly what Regina city councillor Jason Mancinelli is doing.
With the budget scheduled to be released Tuesday, Mancinelli spoke out at a town hall held by fellow councillor Lori Bresciani last week about raising taxes.
He said with a property tax increase of 1.5 percent, it would greatly help the city’s Asset Management Reserve on a variety of projects.
“The way money passes through things like the facility Asset Management Reserve, to top up the reserve would allow them to do more repairs, would allow them to get at project quicker, would allow people to have less complaints.”
Mancinelli said while the idea of raising taxes in any way, shape or form is justifiably unpopular with residents, he does believe his fellow councillors understand his reasoning behind it.
“With the amount of infrastructure deficit the city has for our facilities, it takes $15.7 million a year of dedicated funding to keep them at an even level without maintaining further infrastructure deficit, that would have to be maintained for 24 years to get everything into the proper shape.”
“This year, we have $6.6 million dedicated towards that.”