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COCShortDescription: Calgary 2019-2022 Service Plans & Budgets

COCDescription: <p>​One Calgary 2019-2022 Service Plans &amp; Budgets</p> <p>Background<br /><br />Over the past few years, many Calgarians have asked to find out more about the services the City provides, and how Council is investing their tax dollars. We need to be better at communicating the value of our services to our citizens, customers, communities and businesses.   This message is part of that communication.  <br /><br />By taking a service-based approach to how we plan and budget, we can better show the public where public tax dollars are going, the value citizens are getting for their investment, and how the City is delivering on the services they value. Additionally, being more citizen-centric creates more opportunities for services to complement each other and to work together to ensure more efficient service delivery. </p> <p>Budget Week in Council</p> <p>Between today’s public release of the 2019-2022 Service Plans and Budgets, and Council’s Nov. 26 to 30 deliberations, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on what administration is proposing. You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting calgary.ca/yourservices and selecting “Give feedback”.  Starting with the Nov. 26 Public Hearing, Council will deliberate on the proposed plans and budgets and make their final decision for how we invest and what we focus on for the next four years. <br /><br />Unfortunately, misinformation for political gain seems to be a trend.  I will do my utmost to post factual information - no innuendoes, no one-off anecdotal quotes, etc.</p> <p>Ward's Budget Series<br /><br />Over the next few weeks, I will post various charts with explanations; the one below is a comparable for Calgary vs. Edmonton’s current tax difference. Edmonton Council approved a 3.3% tax increase for 2019.<br /></p> <p>There are three components to the new 4-year budget – the Operating Budget (daily operations of the City to deliver services), the Capital Budget (infrastructure investment, purchases of equipment etc.), and the One-time costs (unplanned/planned one-off costs).<br />What does “Indicative Tax Rate” actually mean?  It is an estimate over a 4-year period taking in many variables, such as the economic environment, revenue estimates, etc.<br /><br />This is a FACT- The last 5 years’ Actual tax increase has been LOWER every year than the original Indicative Tax Rate (I will post the chart later).<br /><br />This is only the first of many conversations and the debate of the upcoming budget (in the last week of November at Council).  We also review budgets every 6 months to determine if adjustments are required.  As a Municipal City under the MGA, we are NOT ALLOWED to run a deficit.<br /></p>

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Ward's Budget Series - #1

November 14, 2018

Calgary 2019-2022 Service Plans & Budgets

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Title: Indicative Tax Rates – Ward's Budget Series #2

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COCShortDescription: Indicative Tax Rates – Budget Series #2

COCDescription: <p><strong>​Indicative Tax Rates – Budget Series #2</strong></p> <div>Indicative tax rates are an estimate of potential tax rates. Council is required to complete a 4-year budget for 2019-2021.  It’s extremely difficult under our current economic and political environment to forecast too much in the future. For example, funding from other orders of government is not clear and can influence various projects and timelines.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Council reviews the budget, current revenue, expenses, etc. and at the 6-month marker, make adjustments accordingly.  We will have to make some tough choices during budget week on many different service lines and projects short term and long term.  These decisions could change depending on economic outcomes. </div> <div> </div> <div>It's clear from the chart (see image below) that in the past five years, <strong>actual tax rates were lower than the indicative tax rates.</strong></div> <div> </div> <div><img width="1176" height="644" src="/citycouncil/ward-1/PublishingImages/News-articles/ind_resize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:456px;height:227px" /><br /><br /> </div> <div>My next budget topic will be employee salaries and budget impacts. Stay tuned.</div> <div>For details on the budget, visit: <a href="/…/Pla…/Plans-and-Budget-2019-2022.aspx">http://www.calgary.ca/…/Pla…/Plans-and-Budget-2019-2022.aspx</a></div> <div><br />Get all the municipal updates – sign up for the Ward 1 Report at <a href="http://www.wardsutherland.com/">www.WardSutherland.com</a> <br /></div>

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Tag: Budget; City Finances; Councillor

Indicative Tax Rates – Ward's Budget Series #2

Indicative Tax Rates – Budget Series #2

Ward 1 Report - November 2018

Ward 1 Report

Ward's Budget Series - #1

Calgary 2019-2022 Service Plans & Budgets

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

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