Winnipeg taxpayers may want to wait before thanking the Doer government for its fuel-tax handout to the city -- the transfer announced last week might be less generous than they've been led to believe. City hall learned yesterday that the province's payout to municipalities from the new Building Manitoba Fund includes a cent per litre from diesel sales and two cents from gasoline. The city originally believed it would get three cents a litre from gasoline only.
Because diesel is not sold as widely to motorists, the mayor's office is uncertain whether the new fund is as good as it's been made out to be.
"What we're really gaining is to be determined," Mayor Sam Katz said. "And it certainly isn't as much as we thought it was."
Katz's office is crunching numbers to determine whether city hall is receiving the $11-million boost in total funding from Broadway celebrated in Finance Minister Greg Selinger's budget.