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Title: Ward 1 Report - October 2018

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COCShortDescription: Welcome to October! In this issue, the Ward 1 Report has updates on various topics that impact our communities.

COCDescription: <h2>Monthly report from Councillor Ward Sutherland - October issue</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://joom.ag/iZmY" target="_blank">View the report in Flash</a> - may not be supported on all the browsers</li> <li><a href="/citycouncil/ward-1/Documents/Ward-reports/Ward-1-report-October-2018.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/cocis/icon_pdf_s.png" alt="" />View the report as a PDF file</a></li> </ul> <p>Welcome to October! In this issue, the Ward 1 Report has updates on:</p> <ul> <li>legalization of cannabis</li> <li>Vote 2018 - Vote of the Electors for the Olympic 2026 Bid</li> <li>Ward 1 Traffic Safety Meeting for ALL WARD 1 RESIDENTS on Thursday, October 4th</li> <li>Valley Ridge Pond Sendiment Cleanup</li> <li>Bowmont West Fish Habitat Enhancement Project</li> <li>contest for a $100 gift certificate to The Bownesian Grocer - the only grocery store in Bowness that supplies all your grocery needs</li> </ul> <p>Enter <a href="http://www.thebownesiangrocer.ca/contact-us.html" target="_blank">The Bowensian Grocer contest now​</a>! If you are already signed up, all you have to do is tag a friend on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ward4Ward1/" target="_blank">Ward’s Facebook page</a> to sign up for the monthly Ward 1 Report. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ward4Ward1/" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/ward4ward1</a>.​</p>

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Ward 1 Report - October 2018

September 27, 2018

Welcome to October! In this issue, the Ward 1 Report has updates on various topics that impact our communities.

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Title: Clarification - Residential taxpayers may face hikes

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COCShortDescription: The full context of my interview with the Calgary Herald on residential taxes.

COCDescription: <p>This morning’s Calgary Herald article - <a href="https://calgaryherald.com/business/commercial-real-estate/residential-taxpayers-may-face-higher-rates-to-blunt-soaring-commercial-taxes" target="_blank"><em>Residential taxpayers may face higher rates to blunt soaring commercial taxes</em></a> only tells <strong>part</strong> of my interview. I think it’s important to add the omitted parts to give the <strong>full</strong>context.</p> <h2>What is missing?</h2> <p>The City is reducing operating costs on an ongoing basis.  Frequent Zero Based Reviews continue to find efficiencies and cost savings. Over $500M has been reduced in the operating budget compared to the last 4-year budget cycle– this is an almost 21% reduction of the operating budget.</p> <p>Staff reductions have occurred and senior management has had no wages increases or bonuses for the last few years. Non-union employees have had reduced wage increases compared to those for union employees. Wage negotiations with the 3 major unions for the new 4-year budget period have been underway since January of 2018 with no agreement to date.</p> <p>Dealing with the non-residential tax issues requires a multi-tiered approach, not simply a complete shift from non-residential to residential. Everyone is feeling the pressure – residents with their property taxes, and businesses with taxes, wage increases and income tax increases. It is about delivering services at the best value for Calgarians.  This becomes a challenge, as the City already faces downloaded costs from other levels of government, but as the “front line” the City and City Council are the focus of most of the attention.</p> <p>Unfortunately, this is not a simple one line comment and it requires a creative strategic approach with specific recommendations, not generic rhetoric. All the above issues need to be addressed in the upcoming &quot;One Calgary&quot; 2019-2022 Budget Deliberations week in late November. Stay tuned.</p> <p>Ward Sutherland</p> <p>Councillor Ward 1</p> <p>Want more updates on Budget Deliberations week? Visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ward4ward1" target="_blank">www.Facebook.com/ward4ward1</a> and sign up for my monthly report at <a href="http://www.wardsutherland.com/" target="_blank">www.WardSutherland.com</a> </p> ​​

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Clarification - Residential taxpayers may face hikes

The full context of my interview with the Calgary Herald on residential taxes.

Business Advisory Committee

This week is Small Business Week. I’m pleased to announce that Council has supported my Notice of Motion for the establishment of a Business Advisory Committee.

One Calgary - Market Mall

One Calgary - Pop Up event in Ward 1

Olympic Bid Open House

2026 Olympic Bid Open House in Ward 1

New Public Art at Rocky Ridge YMCA

Coming Soon – New Public Art at Rocky Ridge YMCA

Ward 1 Report - October 2018

Welcome to October! In this issue, the Ward 1 Report has updates on various topics that impact our communities.

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