More Police, Legalized Marijuana Behind 3.5 Percent Edmonton Tax Increase

More Police, Legalized Marijuana Behind 3.5 Percent Edmonton Tax Increase

Edmonton's property tax increase will hit 3.5 percent this year to include more money in the budget for policing the growing city and regulating cannabis.

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April 11, 2018
Edmonton Journal
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Edmonton’s property tax increase will hit 3.5 percent this year, after council voted Tuesday to include more money in the budget for policing a growing city and regulating cannabis.

The hike means the typical homeowner, with a house worth $397,000, will see an $83 annual increase, resulting in a $2,468 municipal tax bill.

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Cannabis-related costs account for $1.7 million of that tax increase, say city officials, to cover issuing business licences, boosting the number of transit cops, launching a communications campaign and increasing fire and bylaw response.

Council chose to take $2.5 million from its “snowy day” fund to help offset any further tax hikes this year associated with legalized marijuana.

Police ultimately expect to spend $7.2 million annually on enforcement as marijuana shops offer tantalizing new targets for thieves and drug-impaired driver cases soar.

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