Calgary Minute: Financial Audit, Tax Revenue, and Garbage Privatization

Calgary Minute: Financial Audit, Tax Revenue, and Garbage Privatization

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


This Week In Calgary:


Last Week In Calgary:

  • While COVID-19 has obviously reduced the user-fee portion of Calgary's revenue, property taxes should remain mostly unaffected. Unlike income taxes, property taxes are owed regardless of whether or not a business turns a profit or a resident has a job so, in many ways, City budgets should be in a better spot than those of other levels of government. It remains to be seen whether Calgary will implement policies that will hurt or help our economic recovery, but based on Council's preferred policy of overtaxing businesses, and delusions that they can spend your money better than you can, it doesn't look promising.

  • You might think that a pandemic (and the associated demolishing of the City's budget) might give Cycle Track advocates pause, but you'd be wrong. They're now pushing for a Cycle Track to be added to 20th Avenue NW, based on the 42nd Avenue SE pathway. Even in a crisis, there's always someone happy to spend other peoples' money!

  • After a vote of the Utilities and Corporate Services Committee, Calgary will conduct a test of a partially privatized garbage collection serviceDo we really need to spend 3 years testing whether the private sector is more efficient than the government? We all know the answer to that already. The City should privatize 100% of the collection NOW and allocate the savings towards reducing taxes!




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