What is wrong with sidewalk user fees?

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    Bob LeDrew

    People use sidewalks. Why shouldn’t they pay for it?

    Kids’ parents pay for ice time. Why can’t walkers cover part of the cost of building millions of dollars of infrastructure for them.

    How did they get to be so special?

    Please note: I’m very serious here. If we’re going to go with user fees for public infrastructure, I think it should be spread as widely as possible.

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    #739700 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Bob:

    We already tax water, gas taxes are an indirect tax on food so let’s see.

    Should we tax air?

    Sorry Bob. You make an interesting point but I couldn’t resist.

    cheers

    kgray

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    Chaz

    This little talk might seem silly but it isn’t really about user fees on sidewalks.

    It is about what makes one service user fee chargeable and another not.

    What is the difference between a pedestrian path, a bike path, a hiking path or a cross country ski path?

    They all require building and maintenance.

    Ken,
    We can’t tax air.That would be inane. It would be a user fee. Great idea. Now,how do we determine the method of measuring usage and collecting a fee on same ? Will the user fee on air be HST exempt or HST added? That would be perfect – a tax on top of a user fee. 🙂

    And, Bob – I am serious too. If a user fee is to be considered a reasonable way to collect money then it has to be considered reasonable for all services.

    Should be a user fee on garbage collection too, after all, why should you be allowed two bags a week for free when I only put out one bag?

    My property is a pie shape on a cul-de-sac so there is hardly any road in front of my house and there you have that 200 foot of frontage.

    What about that transport truck that tears through my town’s roads on the way through. The truck doesn’t even stop for the driver to get out and have lunch in town. Damn user.

    It just ain’t fair.

    By the way – I do not buy into the propaganda that ,somehow, user fees are a reasonable way to collect money.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Chaz:

    The staff and management of The Bulldog met and is considering placing a user fee on your freeloading on this site.

    It might not be fair, but it will be lucrative.

    And after all, isn’t that the point?

    cheers

    kgray

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    #739709 Reply

    Chaz

    Ken,
    Well — if it’s war you want then it’s war you’ll get.
    The management at Chaz (ain’t no staff) has had a meeting too.

    We have decided to charge a user fee for every “Your Eyes Only”

    Take that. 🙂 🙂

    skoal,
    Chaz 🙂

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Mr. Chaz:

    Ya gotta do better than that, Mr. Chaz, or we’ll rub yuz out.

    cheers

    kgray

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