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PoliticsMunicipal7TuesdayApril22013InuvikcabcompanieswantrateincreaseTowninprocessofreviewingandupdatingtaxibylawatlargeByRENEFRANCOEURThetwotaxicabcompa-niesinInuvikarerequestingachangeinrideratesfromtowncouncilafterpriceshaveremainedstagnantforthepast11years.DeltaCabsandUnitedTaxiwanttoseetheatone-wayratearoundInuvikraised60percentfrom5to8.Theairportfarewouldalsorisefrom25to35.Themunicipalityhastheauthoritytoregulatetheop-erationandlicensingoftaxibusinessesanddrivers.Theproposalpasseditsrstreadingatthelastcoun-cilmeetingonFeb.27aftersparkingheateddebatebe-tweencouncillors.BrentKaygeneralmanageroftheWesternArcticBusi-nessDevelopmentCorpora-tionandoneofthefacesrep-resentingthetaxicompaniesatthecouncilmeetingstatedthatdriversfaceunregulatedcostsforitemssuchasfuelinsuranceandmaintenance.CouncillorTerryHalifaxsaidtheresultsofincreasingratesarefeltbythepoorestofthepoorwhoareforcedtotaketaxisbecausetheycannotaffordvehicles.Itisuptothecounciltoadvocateontheirbehalfhesaid.Halifaxalsowantedtoknowhowthecompanieshadcalculatedtheirproposedratescheduleandnotedtheyshouldhavemoreinformationtoprovidetocouncilsuchashowmanyrideseachdrivergivesperdayonaverage.Itwasdecidedatcouncilthattheissuewouldbehan-dledasanamendmenttothetaxibylawinordertoexpeditetheprocessofreviewingandenactinganewbylaw.ApublicmeetingwasheldonMar.20forcommunityinputregardingapossiblefarehikebutonlytwocitizensshowedup.Theamendmentwillbesentbacktothebylawreviewcommitteefordiscus-sionandprocessingofcom-mentsfromthepublic.Thecommitteewillthenbringitbacktocouncilandmakeitsrecommendationhopefullywithinthenextcou-pleofweeksInuvikMayorFloydRolandsaid.ItsbeenalongtimesincerateshavegoneupandtheydealwiththesamerisingcostsoflivingaseveryoneelseRo-landtoldTheJournal.AsjustoneexamplethecostofheatinginInuviknearlydoubledinFebruarywithanewrateof35.44GJforsyntheticgascomparedtotheapproxi-mately19GJpaidpreviously.Iwouldsaywehavetolookatthebiggerpictureitisfairlydifculttimesupherewithhighpricesandthataffectseveryone.Wellhavetowaitandseewhatthecommitteerecommends.TherewillbepossiblyabitofanincreasebutImnotsurewellagreewiththefullrequestthathasbeenbroughtforwardhesaid.TaxiratesunderscheduleGinthetaxibylawarejustonepartoftheentirebylawreviewcurrentlyunderwayRolandnoted.CouncilhasalsobeenlookingatthetaxiindustryinvariousplacesacrosstheNWThesaid.HayRiverdoesnthavethenumberoftaxiswedosothatisafactortotakeintoconsid-erationwhenreviewingthis-justournumbersalone.WevelookedatYellowknifetoseehowtheyresetupandregu-latedaswellanditsimportanttorememberwerereviewingourfulltaxibylawbutwhentherequestfortheratesched-ulecameininDecemberwefeltitwasimportanttolookatthescheduleGaloneandupfrontRolandsaid.Itsbeenalongtimesincerateshavegoneupandtheydealwiththesamerisingcostsoflivingaseveryoneelse.InuvikMayorFloydRolandPhotocourtesyofDeltaCabsADeltacabwaitsforapassengerinInuvik.DeltaCabsandUnitedTaxiareaskingthetownforrateincreasesforthersttimein11years.ENDSAPRIL2320132014SNOWCHECKSELECTTownofFortSmithNorthernJournalNorthwesTelThebachaBusinessDev.ServicesFortSmithHealthCentreKaesersIndustryTourismandInvestmentNorthwesternAirLeaseBusinessDevelopmentInvestmentNWTPowerCorporationBesuretovisitalltheexhibitors2014SNOWCHECKSELECTOFFERCHOOSEFROMANY2014POLARISSNOWMOBILEEXCEPT120INDY2014SNOWCHECKFINANCINGOFFER0FOR36MONTHS3YEARPOLARISTARPOWERPROTECTION2YEARPOWERTRAINWARRANTYUPTO1000NOPAYMENTSFOR6MONTHSNOINTERESTFOR5MONTHS0.00FinanceRatefor36MonthsThisisalimited-timeofferwhichisvalidforthepurchaseofselectedqualifyingmodelsandissubjecttocreditapprovalfromTDAutoFinanceTDAFonqualifiedpurchasesfinancedduringthisprogram.Offermaynotbecombinedwithcertainotheroffersissubjecttochangeandmaybeextendedorterminatedwithoutfurthernotice.Seeparticipatingretailersforcompletedetailsandconditions.Ratesfromotherlendersmayvary.Monthlypaymentandcostofborrowingwillvarydependingonamountborrowedanddownpaymenttrade.Minimumamounttofinanceis5000.Example7500financedat0.00over36months36monthlypaymentsof208.34withacostofborrowingof0.00andatotalobligationof7500.00.FreightlicencePPSARPDRMinsuranceregistrationanyretaileradministrationfeesandotherapplicablefeesandtaxesarenotincludedinthefinancedamount.DealersarefreetosetindividualpricesbutmustbeenrolledwithTDAFtoparticipate.Three-yearextendedservicecontractisavailableonnew2014snowmobiles.OfferisvalidonlyintheU.S.andCanadaanddoesnotapplytopriorpurchases.Three-yearextendedservicecontractconsistsof12monthsfactorywarrantyplus24monthsPOLARISTARPowerProtectionESC.Subjectto50deductiblenomileagelimitation.Seeyourdealerforcompletedetails.WORTHOFGEARCHOOSESPECIALSNOWCHECKFINANCINGORORTERRAINDOMINATIONPolarisrecommendsthatallsnowmobileriderstakeatrainingcourse.Donotattemptmaneuversbeyondyourcapability.Alwayswearahelmetandothersafetyapparel.Neverdrinkandride.2013PolarisIndustriesInc.TERRAINDOMINATION.COMMORECUSTOMIZATIONLIMITED-EDITIONSLEDSEASYORDERINGPROCESSTOCUSTOMIZEYOURULTIMATESLED.NOWISTHETIMEDiggerzPowersports2AspenRoadHayRiverNTX0E0P0867-874-3224www.dierz.ca