It is time we make the necessary choices between the "wants" and the "needs".
City Council currently decides how much to spend then looks at how much to tax. This needs to end now.
The City has a serious spending problem and needs to cut costs rather than continuously raise taxes.
We need to change how we create our forecasted budget by first looking at the projected revenue including tax revenue then determine what we have available to spend and where to spend it.
Residential Property Taxes have increased yearly by almost 80% when compounded over the last 10 years in order to pay for City Councils spending rather than cutting costs and balancing the budget.
2020 - 7.55%
2019 - 3.45%
2018 - 3.80%
2017 - 5.00%
2016 - 3.50%
2015 - 4.50%
2014 - 4.80%
2013 - 13.0%
2012 - 5.10%
2011 - 10.40%
My goal is to support the people I represent, to cut costs and reduce the tax increases brought on by Today's City Council.
It is time to cut taxes and not just during election years and to reduce spending starting with city hall rather than with emergency services.
This can be achieved by responsible spending, project management and a change in fiscal thinking.
We can start by
Either eliminating the Golden pension or bringing in a more realistic pension based on terms served and more in line with the private sector.
We need to move to abolish the “Municipal Price Index” that locks Council in to automatically spending more than last year.
Calgary’s human resource costs are $1,600 per employee, nearly double Ottawa. We can save roughly 9.8 million by bringing this down to $1,000
Calgary’s corporate management costs are much higher than similar cities. By allocating a similar share of our budget as cities such as Toronto, we will save $118 million.
Calgary’s garbage collection costs are 70% higher than Ottawa at $153 per tonne. By finding efficiencies and using successful models from other cities, we could save $28.7 million from residential collections.
Workers in City Hall’s largest union have received a 11.1% compounded pay increase since 2015. I believe we need to look at tendering contracts when contract expire rather than extensions as this brings in a competitive edge that will allow the city to continue operating within its budget.
Our economy crashed in 2014 due to the collapse of oil and gas prices. Our City Council has continued on their spending spree. It is time for common sense budgeting and spending.
In conclusion we need to make changes to live within our means
We need to Hold City Council accountable and Transparent.
We need to end "In-camera" sessions (when council meets in private). City council met in-camera at least 23% over the past 4 years.
We should maintain speed limits
I have been speaking with ward 9 residents and I am asked why are we reducing speed limits rather than enforcing the current speed limits?
Changing signs will cost us millions.
I believe we should have stiffer penalties and increased enforcement especially in park zones and high traffic areas. Lets invest the money we would have spent on changing the signs into enforcement.
We should save on bike lanes
Calgary has a very good infrastructure of bike lanes. We need to eliminate the temporary bike lanes that were put in place at the start of this pandemic especially during the winter months.
Let's reduce the cost on our tax payers.