Transportation Minister Todd Stone is telling Metro Vancouver mayors to “head back to the drawing board”, and figure out how they are going to pay for transit and transportation improvements across the region.
This follows the rejection of the proposed congestion tax by voters in the transit and transportation funding plebiscite earlier in the day.
It was rejected by sixty-two percent of eligible voters.
Stone says the province and the Feds are ready “with cheque books in hand” and now the region must come to the table.
“British Columbia remains committed to funding one-third of the capital required for new rapid transit projects in the Lower Mainland, as well as a replacement for the Pattullo Bridge. With clear and strong indications of similar support from the Federal government it remains for the MAYORS of this region to determine how they fund the final one-third.”
Stone, who said prior to the result there was no plan to change governance of Translink, now says the door is open to “put more thought” into transparency and accountability at Translink.
He also kept emphasizing the mayors can raise property tax to pay for transit and transportation.
Stone stressed raising property taxes requires no referendum and no permission from the province.
And with that, we’re exactly right back to where we were before this entire process started.
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