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Delta mayor not happy with high cost of TransLink
TransLink is costing the residents of Delta over $39 million a year in various taxes, according to Mayor Lois Jackson.
“I think it’s very important that we understand where our money is going and how much of it is going,” she said during Monday’s council meeting, rattling off statistics that she termed “a little bit of trivia.”
According to 2012 property tax rates, Delta homeowners contributed $12.4 million to TransLink last year.
And based on 2010 gasoline and diesel consumption data cross-referenced with vehicles registered in Delta, Jackson estimated Delta drivers contributed a further $22 million to TransLink through their regional 17 cent per litre transit tax.
Lastly, a 10 cent federal excise tax is applied for every litre of gasoline, and four cents on every litre of diesel, sold in Canada.
Each province is entitled to a federal gas tax revenue transfer based on population, with Metropolitan Vancouver receiving $122 million.
Most cities get their own money back through the transfer based on census population. But Jackson said it’s different for cities in Metro Vancouver, which means all $122 million will go to TransLink.
Based on 2011 census population data, Delta’s population of 99,863 represents a $5 million contribution to TransLink.
Adding up all three revenue streams means Delta provides $39.4 million to TransLink each year, or $394.50 per capita.
The mayor has previously been open in criticizing the regional transportation authority for Delta having to pay the highest rates and receiving the worst service in return.