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Survey invites public input on municipal discounts

June 26, 2019 -

The City of Kingston wants your input on how to make municipal discounts available to more people living in poverty.

Currently, the City provides income-based and age-based discounts.

"Through public consultation in 2017, we learned 76 per cent of respondents supported raising the income threshold so more people could qualify for income-based discounts," says Cheryl Hitchen, manager of social policy and strategic community development with the City. 

That consultation also found that 28 per cent of respondents were against discontinuing age-based discounts in order to fund these changes.

"So now, the question is, financially, how should we go about making income-based discounts available to more people living in poverty?"

We need your help!

All residents are invited to read a short backgrounder about municipal discounts and complete a survey that aims to answer how the City should finance raising the income threshold for income-based discounts.

The survey is available on GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca or residents can pick up a paper version of the survey at a library, City recreation facility, City Hall, Kingston Housing and Social Services at 362 Montreal St. or the Seniors Association at 56 Francis St.

"I want to thank every individual who takes the time to complete the survey. Municipal discounts were created for our community, and so when it comes to their future, we need input from the community," says Hitchen.

The survey closes July 12 at 4 p.m.

More about municipal discounts

Municipal discounts were created to ensure people in our community living in lower-income households have access to City programs and services. The City currently provides age-based discounts and income-based discounts. Municipal discounts are separate from discounts offered by businesses as well as other programs, like the high school and post-secondary transit pass programs. Council's decision would affect discounts to City-operated services like Kingston Transit and recreational programs.