Thursday, September 25, 2008

B.C.'s municipal leaders ask for carbon tax relief

B.C.'s municipal leaders asked the provincial government to ease the cost of the controversial carbon tax at the annual convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Penticton Wednesday.

It took an hour of heated debate for the delegates from around B.C. to pass a resolution asking the Liberal government to reduce the financial impact of the tax and create incentives for small communities to reduce greenhouse gases.

Penticton Mayor Jake Kimberley feared that the tax, if left unchanged, would hit municipal budgets hard. "We need some help and financial help," said Kimberley after the vote.

The provincial carbon tax introduced this summer levies a 2.4 cents per litre tax on gasoline and a similar tax on all other carbon-based fuels sold in B.C. The government promised the tax will be used to reduce income and business taxes.

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