No new taxing powers?
For the Prairie Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, those words are sweet music to his ears.
Todd MacKay said following discussion with city officials, he received confirmation the city of Regina has no current plans to use/find any new taxation powers.
“You’re always worried that, particularly, cities and municipalities will always try to find new taxation powers than they have right now to take money out of our pockets.”
MacKay said a short while back, the CTF submitted a request for a freedom of information document, asking to see what the city could potentially implement if they were seeking new tax powers.
The document they received, he said, makes him glad they didn’t pursue any.
“They could look at a municipal gas tax in Regina,” he said. “That would probably cost tax payers in the neighbourhood of $13 million a year. They could look at a vehicle registration tax, that would be over $8 million. Or they could do something really big and look at a city sales tax.”
“That would cost taxpayers in the neighbourhood of $35 million.”