Eighty-six British Columbia Mayors are meeting in Penticton this week to discuss the increase in costs being downloaded to cities, and how they can respond. Canadian cities only receive 8% of the tax base, and as budgets get cut elsewhere, they are having to deal with more and more costs in their communities. Not only that, but major infrastructure across the country is in need of repair, and cities just don’t have the funds to take on those projects on their own.
The mayors say that there is need for a new deal between levels of government on how costs and tax revenues are distributed.
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