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November 15, 2017 at 3:54 PM #739698
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.November 15, 2017 at 3:56 PM #739700November 15, 2017 at 8:46 PM #739702
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.
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.
ChazNovember 15, 2017 at 11:58 PM #739706November 16, 2017 at 8:31 AM #739709
ChazNovember 16, 2017 at 8:38 AM #739711