Arjun Singh open to using recycling savings to lower property taxes

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 8, 2017 - 12:14pm

KAMLOOPS — The idea is being touted as not half bad. 

During this fall's by-election Mayoral Candidate Bill McQuarrie said he's use the extra $1.3 million the city saves every year as parts of its changeover in recycling services to go towards lowering property taxes.

Councillor Arjun Singh says the idea will be tossed around at city hall.

"I think it has potential," said Singh. "We're going to have that debate pretty quickly on where those funds are going to be allocated to. Some of us support a tax rebate as McQuarrie was talking about and others support putting that money towards a compost service or bringing back glass and a soft plastic recycling. The community is very diverse in their opinions, it's not as simple as saying 'let's do this.'

Singh says McQuarries campaign promise to freeze property taxes while maintaining city services isn't feasible.

Newly elected Mayor Ken Christian was unavailable for comment.

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