Metro Vancouver mayors in a meeting Thursday have delayed the transit funding referendum to sometime after this November’s civic elections.
Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie says the mayors are now eyeing sometime next spring for the vote.
“The mayors have always said that the referendum is a very bad idea. If we have to have a referendum then I guess next Spring is appropriate yet as far as I am concerned the province should set the date and set the question.”
Brodie says the mayors frustration with the province is growing.
“I can tell that this has been the whole history of the thing is changing the goalposts, making new rules. I believe that the end game is to get the mayors to agree to a property tax.”
This week Transportation minister Todd Stone gave the mayors until July 15th to choose a referendum voting date.
Mayors have also returned to eyeing a vehicle levy or regional sales tax to fund transit after Stone rejected using carbon tax dollars.