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East Bus Loop – Valley Ridge

My office received an inquiry from a Valley Ridge resident about a long-standing problem with an unpaved Calgary Transit bus turn-around loop. For years, buses would drag mud and gravel onto the road, which would then spread to the sidewalks and driveways. I am...

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Cutting Red Tape and Supporting Business in Calgary

I am pleased to be the advocate for an improved securities process for the construction and development activity in the City of Calgary.  In order for projects to proceed, businesses must supply the City of Calgary with securities for the construction phase.  This is...

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Upcoming 2018 Tax Decision

There are tough decisions for Council coming in the next few months. Council will have to decide on the indicative tax rate for 2018 and how to properly invest over $600M in capital dollars (dollars are not borrowed). I would like to revisit some points from my VC...

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Non-Residential Tax Annoucement

As a previous entrepreneur and senior manager in various corporations, I can certainly appreciate the struggles businesses have been experiencing the past few years.  With the existing tax assessment system (directly through the Municipal Government Act – Provincial),...

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Budget Update Summary November 2016

In recent Council discussions regarding the overall ongoing City financial position, it was clear to me that there was a lack of awareness and understanding of the monthly financial report (Executive Information status report). I thought it would be beneficial to post...

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Is there any confidence in Calgary?

Unfortunately the economic numbers for the City of Calgary continue to decline.  Recorded unemployment has reached a decade high of 8.0% (you can normally add 1 ½ % to 2 ½% to the existing EI rate, i.e. - individuals who no longer collect EI and still are not...

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Calgary’s Strong Credit Rating

I was quite surprised to see a recent article headline that stated  - “Calgary can thank the province forits continued strong credit rating”.  As Vice Chair of Finance, I am very puzzled with this statement, and I am looking forward to the supporting financial...

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City of Calgary Tax Crisis – Danger or Opportunity

City of Calgary Tax Crisis - Danger or Opportunity? When you are in a crisis, the situation can be approached from two different perspectives - Panic (Danger Reaction) or Pragmatic (Solution-based Opportunity). The Danger approach tends to be more emotionally based....

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June Vice Chair Blog – Taxes

It’s interesting to note, given the significant recent backlash and press coverage, Zero tax increases now seem acceptable to many of the Council members.  When I started as Vice Chair of Priorities and Finance, I made it my mission to dive into “the weeds” of the...

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