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Mayor plays down fears congestion tax could rise further if voted in

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – One mayor is raising doubts the cut congestion tax will be raised if the ‘yes’ side wins the transportation referendum.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who has previously chaired TransLink‘s board of directors, says if the transportation body came looking for more money, the mayors would likely suggest an alternative revenue stream — he says mobility pricing, for example, could eventually be implemented.

“We hear the possibility of mobility pricing being raised at some point, but I’ve never heard a word of suggestion that that 0.5 percent congestion tax is going to be increased,” says Brodie.

Brodie adds any request from TransLink would be carefully scrutinized.

“Any time TransLink would come to us with a suggestion, we would look at it very, very carefully, and quite frankly, skeptically,” says Brodie.

The mail-in ballots for the referendum are set to be sent out in March.