City administrators say they’re okay to wait until late next year to decide how to pay for a council decision to create a deeply-discounted transit pass for low income users.
In July, council approved a 95-percent discount to the lowest-income level.
That cut is a lot steeper than the 85-percent discount bureaucrats were pushing for.
There were also discounts of 65-to-50-percent approved, based on how close people are to the poverty line.
It means the city needs to find $255,000 next year, $500,000 in 2018 and $1.5-million the year after that.
Administration says they’re going to wait and see what kind of revenue Calgary Transit pulls in, or doesn’t pull in, to decide how the discounts will be funded.
At the Community Services Committee meeting on Wednesday, councillors heard the city is getting rave reviews from other places like Ottawa and Toronto about Calgary setting up a sliding scale discount.