The Township of Langley’s mayor says he’s not surprised 75% of voters in his community rejected the proposed increase in the sales tax to fund transit upgrades.
Despite sentiment to the contrary, Jack Froese says there was a lot in the plan for Langley.
“It had light rail coming to Langley, it had additional buses, and additional Handy Darts, more road improvements, all of that is coming, and now it’s going to be hard to see improvements in transit and transportation in Langley with a no vote.”
Froese says municipalities give enough property tax revenue to TransLink, so that’s off the table.
As for a vehicle levy…
“It’s there but it’s never been implemented. I think it’s gone in front of the province three times, and three times its been defeated, and that’s both parties being in power, and both said no the a vehicle levy, so it’s really leaving the mayors without many options.”
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says a vehicle levy would be unaffordable for families.
As far as new funding sources, Froese says he supports the complex idea of road pricing, but that would have to go to another referendum.
“According to the province yes, according to the rules it would have to go to a referendum, it’s something that, I think we would have to have more time.”
If all else fails? A crowd funding page is trying to raise the 250-million needed online.