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Read this on the cbc.ca website today. Glad I don’t live in Ottawa.

The bountiful snowfall this winter may soon have Ottawa residents shovelling a little more cash out of their wallets.

On Tuesday, Mayor Larry O’Brien proposed levying a surcharge of $50 per household to help cover the “rather dramatic” increase in the city’s snow clearing costs this year. That represents a tax increase of around 2 per cent for a household that pays a typical property tax bill of $2,500 a year.

The Mayor had this to say.

I think people will not be happy with it … but I think this is something they’ll readily understand,

Obviously we’re going to be having that debate or that discussion at council as we go through the budget but my recommendation will clearly be pay your bills as they come in.

At least he knows it will not go over well ahead of time.

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