Budget Tracker 2019

At Common Sense Calgary, we believe that Calgary residents deserve to be informed about the crucial votes their Councillors are making.

In 2021 when your Councillor asks for your vote, you should know how they have represented your interests at City Hall over the past four years.

So today we're releasing Budget Tracker - a breakdown of how your Councillor and the Mayor voted on the key votes held during the budget debate.

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Business Improvement Areas

Last month, Council debated received a recommendation from Administration to create three new Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).

These new BIAs would be in Crescent Heights Village, Bridgeland, and the Beltline, joining the existing 12 BIAs already operating in the City.

Business Improvement Areas claim to represent the interests of businesses in their local community, like a Chamber of Commerce, a guild, or other forms of business associations have done for centuries.

But Business Improvement Areas are different in one big way - they are compulsory organizations that all businesses in the area must join and must fund through a compulsory tax set by the BIA and collected by City Council.

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Council Pay Explainer

It's been a wild week at Calgary City Council.

One councillor was removed from a council meeting by a vote of the other councillors, accusations were thrown around, and lots of misinformation was spread.

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Defined Benefit vs Defined Contribution Pension Primer

There's another argument brewing at City Hall, and this time it's about Calgary Councillors' pensions. 

As pension plans can be a complicated topic even when taxpayer money isn't involved, we thought we'd provide a brief backgrounder on what exactly this debate is about.

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