Canada Edmonton councillors vote to cancel electric bike rebate program for next two years, use $100K to bring down tax levy

05:51  30 june  2020
05:51  30 june  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Edmonton city council votes to do away with e-bike rebate program

  Edmonton city council votes to do away with e-bike rebate program Edmonton city councillors voted to cancel the two years left on its e-bike rebate program on Monday. In a 10-3 vote, city council scrapped the program that offered residents a rebate of up to $750 on the purchase of an electric bicycle. The initiative, for which the city had set aside $50,000 a year for three years, was a green program meant to be part of the city's strategy to address climate change. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened an already difficult financial situation for the city and some councillors had suggested there could be better uses for the money going forward.

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Tax Rebate Amounts by Filing Status and Income. Sources: Tax Foundation analysis, CARES Act. Checks sent in the mail will take longer to reach people, the aide said. The government is also contemplating using pre-loaded debit cards to send the payments to people who don’t have bank

a sign on the side of a building: Screen shot of the City of Edmonton's e-bike rebate website. City council approved the program in December 2019 but voted on Modnay, June 29, 2020 to defund in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. City of Edmonton Screen shot of the City of Edmonton's e-bike rebate website. City council approved the program in December 2019 but voted on Modnay, June 29, 2020 to defund in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. City of Edmonton

Edmonton city council voted Monday to cancel a contentious electric bike rebate program and reallocate $100,000 to reduce future tax levies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with the program being cancelled part-way through, 299 residents who bought an e-bike and had their application accepted by the city won’t receive the financial incentive of up to $750.

The three-year initiative that launched earlier this month offered a total of $50,000 a year to residents purchasing an e-bike in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. About 690 applications were received in less than a week for the program offering a rebate up to 30 per cent of an e-bike purchase, with an average price tag of $2,000.

Edmonton backpedals on e-bike rebate program

  Edmonton backpedals on e-bike rebate program Edmonton is backpedaling on its rebate program launched in early June to help people pay for electric bicycles. City council voted 10-3 Monday to put the $100,000 program on hold for 2021-22. Councillors Aaron Paquette and Ben Henderson, along with Mayor Don Iveson, voted against cancelling the program, which is part of the city's climate change strategy. Coun. Scott McKeen put a motion forward to repeal the program after hearing from many constituents. "To a lot of people this felt really overly generous at this time, that some people wouldn't be able to even afford a $500-700 bike," McKeen said during the meeting.

Use the calculator below to see how much you would receive. Under that, see answers to frequently If you have yet to file a 2019 tax return, the IRS will see if you have filed a 2018 tax return and use that They would get the rebate when they file their 2020 taxes next year . Treasury may create a

An electric bike (or ‘ebike’) seems simple enough – it’s just a bike with an electric motor, right? Well, yes and no. That does define what one is, but if you’re In the UK you must be over 14 years old to ride an electric bike but you don’t need a licence, nor do you need to register it or pay vehicle tax .

But 10 councillors decided to cancel the planned program for 2021 and 2022, arguing it isn’t a good use of taxpayer dollars during this time of fiscal restraint for the city. Downtown Coun. Scott McKeen, who brought the successful motion forward, said he was getting hounded by residents furious with this program at a time when many have lost their jobs or are fighting to keep their business afloat.

“We lost the plot on this one,” McKeen said to his fellow councillors ahead of the 10-3 vote to defund the program. “I thought Edmontonians needed to see from their civic leaders that we understand what’s going on out there and we’re symbolically going to make a move to recognize that, and find other ways to help them through this pandemic.”

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About 83 successful applicants will still receive a rebate this year on a first-come, first-served basis for a total of $50,000 as the program will remain in place this year. But the other 299 residents who had their applications deemed valid will be out of luck.

Mayor Don Iveson voted against discontinuing the rebate because it was an accelerated action brought forward as part of the city’s energy transition strategy last December with the goal of limiting a global warming temperature increase to 1.5 C. Councillors Aaron Paquette and Ben Henderson also voted against ending the program, concerned that it will impact the city’s ability to meet the target after council declared a climate emergency last August.

“I get it. I mean here I am talking about our $169- to $260-million budget shortfall every media interview I have. The grass is a foot long in the city and people are saying why is the grass a foot long in the city?” Iveson said of the public opposition to the e-bike program. “I get it is absolutely good politics to cancel this program … but it’s bad policy to defund our climate initiatives.”

Calgary police partner with online bike registry to curb thefts

  Calgary police partner with online bike registry to curb thefts The Calgary Police Service has partnered with Bike Index, an online bike registry that the city's cycling community believes could help reunite stolen bikes with their owners. Bike theft in Calgary spiked in 2015 and hasn't gone down since. On average, 2,900 bikes are reported stolen every year. Police recover 50 per cent of those stolen bikes but only 12 per cent are reunited with owners. Const. Brennan Vanderwater says he hopes this initiative will improve that rate. "Personally, I would love to see it at least double up to 25 per cent return rate," he said.

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The e-bike program was part of a larger $4.8-million rebate package estimated to reduce over 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. It includes larger funding amounts for energy-efficient commercial building upgrades and solar-panel roof installations.

Another component that could be on the chopping block is $300,000 allocated for electric-vehicle charging stations. Coun. Andrew Knack put forward a notice of motion to cancel this program in the final two years and return the funds to the tax levy. Under this program, residential owners can receive 50 per cent back on the cost of a charger, up to $600 for existing homes, and commercial owners can receive a rebate of $5,000 per charger, up to a maximum of five.

Meanwhile, council also voted Monday to advance four permanent, supportive housing developments by selling the city land to Homeward Trust for $1 each. The housing agency will then be tasked with operating the 150 units of housing. Coun. Mike Nickel was the only vote in opposition. Another housing initiative also got the go-ahead with council unanimously approving a grant program for converting problem properties into affordable housing.



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