The populated part of British Columbia is being hit with a parking tax that I think is being placed on the folks who own the parking spaces. IE, you get charged so much per space of parking you own. I have heard of this before, in the UK, and its used to dissuade companies from providing parking or charging their employees to park to pay for the additional tax. The goal is to reduce car traffic and force people on to rapid transit.
However, in BC the goal appear to be simply to raise money for a rapid transit infrastructure. Read the article here.
Depend on your since of humor you will be either laughing or crying when you get to the part about the transit board that had already used up all its taxing ability (gas taxes, transit fares, and property taxes) except parking and so why not, let get the money any way we can.
This appears to me to be an onerous and completely unfair. Obviously folks that don’t have parking areas but use the area of others don’t pay the additional tax. I can’t help be on the side of the more than 90% of the businesses in the area that are up in arms, almost to the torches and pitchforks stage, in opposing the levy.
They weren’t successful. The board, made up of a bunch of the local Mayors, some of whom were elected on a "no more tax" platform, voted 8-4 to institute the tax but lower the amount from $1.05 to $.85 a square meter. It includes areas used for deliveries, turn arounds, and even trash bins.