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Maguire warns tunnel means taxes

Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire is warning that a downtown transit tunnel, whether for light rail or buses, will result in big property tax hikes.

He calculates that the $2.1 billion light rail system, once operating and maintenance costs are figured in, would require at least a 16 per cent rise in taxes, while bus rapid transit would bring about a 6.5 per cent increase, and nearly $100 million for new buses.

Maguire is campaigning for surface rail similar to the GTA’s Go Train, with trains from Orleans, Kanata, Barrhaven and Riverside South, wh­ich he guesses would cost $215 million.

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