Albertans Prepare to Pay More Taxes On Transit, Recreation And Much More

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New Year’s is usually a time for celebration. It’s a time of optimism and change, of a hope that things will be better in the future. For Calgary, however, that’s not the case. As the clock struck 12 on the New Year’s Eve, the freeze on Calgary’s taxes and government fees ended after a whole year.

As many Calgarians are done with the New Year’s celebrations, they’ll be looking forward to paying more on basically every government service there is. From using the city swimming pools to recycling services, the citizens will now need to spend significantly more than last year.

An Increase In Transit Charges

Whether you travel by car or through public transport, the year 2017 won’t be easy on your wallet. The city government has decided to lift the freeze that kept the transit fees at 2015 rates in 2016.

The cost of a monthly Calgary Transit pass through bus or train will now cost $101 dollars from previous $99 while the cost of a single ride will go up to $3.25 from last year’s $3.15. If you choose to drive your own car, however, you’re in luck since the 2015 freeze on parking rates will continue this year.

A few weeks ago, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley got in hot waters when she asked the people to “take a bus” if they wanted to save on the carbon tax. By raising the public transit charges and keeping the parking charges at the old rates, the government is convincing nobody to take the bus.  

More Expensive Recreation

The end of the 2015 freeze won’t just affect daily routine expenditures. It will also have an impact on the citizens’ leisurely activities. The general admission costs at the city’s leisure centers will climb up to $12.50 compared to the previous year’s $11.95.

Other changes in leisurely activities include an increase in the fees on prime ice time to $263.60 from $252.25. The cost of using tier 1 swimming pools will rise up 25 cents while tier 2 swimming pools will increase 30 cents.