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What your City is doing for you during the downturn

 

What The City is doing to help in 2017


Historic City Hall in summer
 
 

In light of the economic downturn, The City has kept taxes and fees as low as possible while responding to the priorities and needs of Calgarians.

Council reduced the budget through corporate funding sources, operating efficiencies and service reductions.

Below is a breakdown of the $228 Million of benefits to Calgarians.

Download the budget adjustment fact sheet.

 
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$73M - Tax relief

Council reduced the 2017 property tax rate increase to 1.5% which will be covered through a rebate to property owners.

$66M - Fee relief

Council adjusted some 2017 fees and rates to provide relief. User fees are not going up as much as in the original 2015-2018 budget.

  • Transit fares
  • Recreation, parks and pet service fees
  • Planning and development permits
  • Green cart – no fees for 2017
  • Landfill fees
  • Fire code inspections and permits
  • Utility rates
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$45M - Non-Residential Phased Tax Program

Market changes caused a drop in value for some non-residential properties and a redistribution of taxes. The Phased Tax Program will limit the 2017 tax increase to 5% for some non-residential properties (not including the effect of business tax consolidation or the provincial portion of the tax rate that is announced in the spring).

$35M - Offsetting revenue shortfall

The City is offsetting a drop in revenue from fees through its reserves and changes in service so this doesn’t affect the tax rate.

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$9M - Community Support

Targeted initiatives will benefit Calgarians who have been most affected by the economic downturn.

  • Community and social programs
  • Affordable housing
  • Community events
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