Snow tax coming to Winnipeg?

Are taxpayers about to get snowed by a new city fee for plows? (REUTERS FILES)

Are taxpayers about to get snowed by a new city fee for plows? (REUTERS FILES)

David Larkins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The chair of the city's finance committee is recommending prudence in response to an operational review of Winnipeg's public works.

Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) did not want to overreact to one recommendation out of a 197-page review put forth by KPMG this week attempting to find savings in the city's operating costs.

But when the word "surcharge" is mentioned in a discussion about snow removal, it's bound to get taxpayers' collective attention.

And that was one of several recommendations that came out of the KPMG report Friday, suggesting the city look at establishing a "winter control surcharge" to be added to tax bills for years when snow removal costs exceed the city's budget.

"I'm very reluctant to give a reaction to one small suggestion out of a report that is 150-200 pages long and has many, many suggestions ideas to find efficiences and savings," Wyatt said.


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