Calgary Minute: Budget Tracker, Arena Deal, and Golden Handshakes

Calgary Minute: Budget Tracker, Arena Deal, and Golden Handshakes

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Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics


This Week In Calgary:


Last Week In Calgary:

  • Last Friday, we released the 2019 Calgary Budget Tracker a breakdown of how your Councillor and the Mayor voted on the key issues decided on during Council's budget debate. We tracked who voted for and against each and every proposed spending reduction, each spending increase, and each tax hike. You can check out the results here.

  • The City, the Calgary Flames, and the Calgary Stampede signed definitive agreements to build the new arena. The cost to the taxpayer is about $250 million, depending on how you count it. The Saddledome will be demolished sometime between 2024 and 2025.

  • The Minister of Municipal Affairs called out the City of Calgary for its golden handshakes - the practice of giving retiring employees parting gifts outside of their generous pensions. The average per-person cost of this practice is more than $10,000 - 448 staffers received $4.6 million from taxpayers just last year.



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