Before she will talk about road tolls, the Non-Partisan Association’s mayoral candidate says she wants to see completion of the Evergreen Line followed by a rapid-transit line along Central Broadway.
And Coun. Suzanne Anton said that, if she becomes mayor this November, she will work to resolve the impasse between regional mayors and the provincial government and find a way to get those lines built.
“New taxes are tough,” Anton told the Straight. “I am inclined to think that there is room within the current system to figure out a solution to the transit funding issue.”
Anton said she felt this could be achieved “without putting new, complicated, and expensive taxes in place”.
“I can’t say ”˜without raising taxes’, because it may be a combination of property taxes and carbon taxes, but ”˜without a new form of tax’,” Anton explained. “So having thought about it a bit more, I would be more inclined not to have the road tax for that reason—too complicated and too expensive—whereas a carbon tax and the gas tax might accomplish the same thing.”
Anton claimed the vehicle levy TransLink proposed in 2000, which the provincial NDP government at the time refused to collect, appealed due to it being “straightforward” to implement.
In 2006, Anton, then a TransLink director prior to the board’s restructuring, told the Straight, “I would recommend many minor tolls over quite a few facilities as opposed to bigger tolls over a single facility. But when you bring this up, it’s a tough sell politically.”
Mayor Gregor Robertson did not return a message. In September 2009, Robertson proposed a toll on the Sea-to-Sky Highway as a way to finance a $130-million funding shortfall.