Sarnia has opted to leave things as they are and not begin taxing rural residents and farmers more for a bus service they can’t access.
In a city survey, nearly two-thirds of the 400 respondents objected to the proposed change.
Resident Debbie Krukowski cited the community feedback in urging council to maintain the status quo, noting that unlike public services such as arenas and libraries, regular transit buses aren’t and can’t be used by rural residents.
“Council needs to decide what is fair and equitable,” she said.
A transit levy paid only by residents in the urban area dates back to the amalgamation of Sarnia and the former town of Clearwater in 1991.