Carbon tax use puzzles politicians

Vernon politicians are demanding answers over B.C.’s new carbon tax.

Council voted Monday to fire off a letter to the provincial government asking for information on how the carbon tax will be used and the potential impact on municipal finances.

“This is a complex issue and the government has not been clear on what it intends to do with the carbon tax,” said Coun. Buffy Baumbrough.

The issue arose after council received a letter from the District of Coldstream.

In February, Coldstream requested that the provincial government use funds from the carbon tax for transit projects.

That concept gained some support within Vernon council chambers Monday.

“We have some major transit issues, especially trying to get transit to UBC Okanagan,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.

That was also the view of Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“We need to up the ante when it comes to transit,” he said.

However, a motion from Cochrane and Nicol to endorse Coldstream’s efforts failed.

“We don’t know the effects of the carbon tax on the city,” said Coun. Barry Beardsell of why he voted against the motion.

“Why should we jump in on something we don’t fully understand?”

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