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How to fund transit improvements in Vancouver

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bill, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Bill

    Bill Full Member

    Here is another option in securing additional funding for transit improvements: soda tax.

    Besides raising money for transit improvements in Metro Vancouver, there are health-related benefits and less health care related costs, etc

    Philadelphia passes a soda tax

    In a final vote of 13-4, the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-added and artificially sweetened soft drinks. That would add 18 cents to the cost of a can of soda, $1.08 for a six-pack or $1.02 for a two-liter bottle.

    The new soda tax would be on top of the 8% sales tax that already applies to soda in Pennsylvania. Soda is classified as food, which is tax exempt in some states, but not in Pennsylvania.

    The new tax goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and is estimated to raise $91 million a year.

    That money will be used to fund pre-K expansion, community schools, reinvestment in parks and recreation centers, and add to the City's General Fund. It will also fund tax credits that the council approved for retailers that sell "healthy" beverages.

    More: http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/16/pf/taxes/philadelphia-passes-a-soda-tax/index.html
  2. For you (TransLink) everything is about adding tax huh? But TransLink is a company like any other company that service the public, like Airlines.
    "A company" should budget gains and loses, and all is based on service, demand for service or products and marketing research, it is very unorthodox to ask for public funding and for increasing taxes, in fact if Translink is asking for more money from the public it only indicates a failure in the internal administration since this TransLink "Company" is not able to operate and sustain by itself should be scrapped and let other private transport services to take over to this failing and ever demanding Translink who has no bottom.
    I see in TransLink a public enemy, who intrudes in Our finances in every way,
    Gasoline Taxes
    Home Taxes
    And now beverages...?
    Yo must be fucking kidding!
    Translink has proven to be oppressive and a menace.
    If You can't or You won't want to service the Lower Mainland as an honest "Company" step aside and stop living from forced labour taking Our money.

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