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Revenue Fees

over 3 years ago

Revenue fees (not including Transit) account for $39m or 4.4% of revenues received by the municipality. This includes everything from recreation fees, permit fees for parking and facility rentals. Do you support increasing these fees and/or creating additional user fees to maintain a lower tax rate or provide additional services? Please provide your comment.

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  • basinview over 3 years ago
    Fees are high enough now. Please stop the nickel and dime parade.
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  • garthsnarf over 3 years ago
    I would like to see parking meters reflect the cost of using that space in the road. Also, I would like to see more parking meters installed in areas with frequent parkers (and no meters). Roads are expensive to maintain and develop. Not all homeowners in the peninsula (myself included) own a car. There are people using the parking spots in front of and around my house for free, as there are no meters. I would like to see the city collect revenue from these individuals for using these spaces rather than have no parking signs like in other residential areas of the peninsula, such as around the south end universities. If parking is more expensive people who drive in the peninsula will think more about the cost/benefit of their action. Those who can afford it will spend the money on parking and generate revenues for the city, those who cannot will use alternative transportation. Fees should NOT be increased for those with disabilities and the elderly. A main street like robie gets congested and is difficult to cycle on. However, Robie street often has cars parked on both sides of the street. This is seen on other well used streets such as Agricola, Oxford, and Coburg.This revenue stream should be directed into alternative transportation within HRM such as: protected bicycle lanes and transit services.
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  • Scott Asling over 3 years ago
    I would support higher fees for higher end services, but would prefer to see a fairer tax system to leverage against fees for more basic services.
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  • odoepner over 3 years ago
    Charging and handling fees creates bureaucratic overhead that eats up parts of the intended revenue. So avoid fees and focus on a simple but fair tax system instead.
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  • RobertRoss over 3 years ago
    I support user fees for facilities that are more of a 'deluxe' service. There should not be fees for basic services that benefit everyone (more so for those who can least afford them). Parking is a good example. There is a transit system (albeit lacking), and people need to be discouraged from taking there vehicles everywhere (especially into the downtown core at peak periods). parking meter fees should be in force even in the evenings (more so in the summertime), but kept free on weekends when traffic is light to aid the businesses.
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  • Brian Palmer over 3 years ago
    I am definitely in favour higher charges for parking as a means of encouraging people to take public transit rather than driving their personal vehicles.
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  • OneTwoThree over 3 years ago
    Increased fee's are OK if they mean that the services provided will actually be better and will see improvements that the citizens have requested not just use the added fee's to handle regular maintenance.
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  • Sophie over 3 years ago
    I do not agree with raising the fees for transit, parking, or recreational programs. If there are other, less essential fees that are more optional, those could be raised. However I believe other areas should be trimmed first for spending.
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  • duky69 over 3 years ago
    No increase to fees, i.e., taxes. Reduce services, pay to commissions, etc. Water commission is out of control.
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  • jimmyflynn over 3 years ago
    No more increases. If you want more money get it from government or start cutting. We have people leaving here because it's too expensive...taxing the remainder even more will not make that problem better. Learn how to manage money better.
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  • acalder64 over 3 years ago
    If these fees are for services that are optional, i agree to increase the fees. I will not use these services so it won't impact me.
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  • matthvm over 3 years ago
    Yes some of fees like parking should be increased
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