Yesterday, the Spectator reported that McHattie "asked council to reconsider its decision before the budget is finalized."
As it stands, cash fares are supposed to go up 15 cents to $2.25. There will be a 10-cent increase in ticket fares, $6 on monthly passes, $40 for the annual seniors bus pass and 10 cents for DARTS tickets.
McHattie wants to limit the increase, allowing the cash hike but permitting only a 5 cent jump in ticket fares and no increases in the seniors pass or DARTS fares.
City Council has been under a lot of pressure lately to reverse their decision to raise fares, and McHattie's decision could reflect that.
Unfortunately, McHattie wasn't able to get the 11 votes he needed to reopen discussion. According to the Spectator, he criticized Flamborough Councillor Margaret McCarthy for voting against his motion since her ward has no bus service and thus wouldn't see any increase in taxes to pay for it.
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