Today, City Council announced a new public engagement asking Calgarians how The City should use the $52 million of provincial tax room.
“This is a significant amount of unbudgeted money,” said Mayor Nenshi. “We’ve debated five options in Council—all of which reflect the priorities of Calgarians—and this is our opportunity to engage with citizens to hear what they think before Council makes a decision in July.”
City Council wants all citizens to give input on all or any of the five options. There are three ways citizens can get their input to City Council:
- Online at calgary.ca/52million
- Attending face to face opportunities at five different locations in Calgary over the next two weeks (schedule below)
- Contacting 311
Currently, about 60 per cent of the property taxes citizens pay goes to The City for operations including police, fire, 9-1-1, road maintenance, parks and recreation facilities. The other 40 per cent goes directly to the Province.
City Council approved the 2013 budget in November 2012. The Province, after its budget in March 2013, actually requested less of its estimated portion of 40 per cent than had been anticipated.
City Council has come up with five options for using this tax room that will provide value for Calgarians. They are:
- “Let the buses roll!” Creating a new dedicated capital fund for Calgary Transit
- “Give business a break!” Reducing the tax rate for businesses
- “Revitalize our communities!” Investing in maintenance and renewal of older neighbourhoods
- “Drop the debt!” Reducing The City’s debt and our annual interest payments
- “Give it back!” Lowering the taxes that homeowners pay
Please visit calgary.ca/52million for more information and to have your say from 2:00 pm, May 16, 2013 through 12:00 midnight, June 2, 2013.
$52 Million face-to-face engagement opportunities:
|Bankers Hall||Wednesday May 22|
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
|Stephen Avenue||Wednesday May 29|
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
|Northland Village Mall||Friday May 31|
2 – 6 p.m.
|Chinook Centre||Saturday June 1|
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|South Centre||Saturday June 1|
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
|Sunridge Mall||Sunday June 2|
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.