Free bus rides for all will hit tax­pay­ers

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

Do they re­al­ize how ridicu­lous and costly to tax­pay­ers free tran­sit would be?

The pro­posed cost to tax­pay­ers is $160 a year. The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has funded

$3 bil­lion dol­lars over 10 years for LRT in Ed­mon­ton and Cal­gary. How will the cur­rent or next govern­ment af­ford this when the fore­cast for debt for 2019-20 is $71.1 bil­lion dol­lars?

Also, $160 may be for the first year but our taxes go up ev­ery year, as would this ad­di­tional amount for tran­sit. Many Ed­mon­ton folks are on tight bud­gets al­ready.

In many in­stances, a car is vi­tal. Free tran­sit isn’t go­ing to make more peo­ple ride the tran­sit when a car is vi­tal to their jobs. Even peo­ple at home who need to get out to get gro­ceries or go to ap­point­ments in out­ly­ing ar­eas find their cars a ne­ces­sity. This will not change be­cause tran­sit is free or if they lower the cost of rid­ing.

This whole idea of free tran­sit is sim­ply putting the bur­den of higher taxes on every­one and those in a lower-in­come bracket are the ones who would suf­fer. Coun­cil should def­i­nitely not ap­prove such a poorly thought out idea.

Re­nee Park, Ed­mon­ton

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