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Metro mayors nix property tax for transit

Metro Vancouver mayors voted Tuesday against using more property taxes to pay the region’s $400 million share of the $1.4-billion Evergreen Line SkyTrain project.

Instead, the Mayors’ Council on Transportation urged the province to use a portion of the provincial carbon tax to fund transit, or to allow TransLink to impose a gas or vehicle levy.

The vote is a shot across the bow of TransLink, which was preparing to consult the public on a provincial plan under which Metro Vancouver homeowners could pay an extra $31 to $54 per average household.

The Evergreen Line is planned to run from the Lougheed SkyTrain station to Coquitlam town centre. Construction is due to begin in 2011.

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