On June 27th, Calgary City Council approved a property tax freeze for 2017. I voted in favor of the tax freeze for three reasons. First, residents of Ward 2 (via phone calls, emails and at town halls), were very clear that lower taxes should be a top priority of City Council. Secondly, many Calgary families are facing tough decisions due to the economic downturn in our province. Many Calgarians have lost their job or have seen their incomes decline. I believe that The City should do what it can to help Calgarians at this time by preventing their taxes from increasing. Lastly, I voted in favor of the tax freeze because City administration confirmed that the option to freeze property tax would lead to greater efficiencies and would not result in any service reductions. I would ask that the provincial government join us by freezing their portion of Calgarians property tax.
The Community Standards Bylaw which regulates neighbourhood nuisances like yard maintenance, noise, and fire pit use is being reviewed to ensure that it still meets the needs of citizens. The City is asking for your feedback; please send your ideas to improve the Community Standards Bylaw to CSBreview@calgary.ca.
Calgary Transit has completed a major review of 12 bus routes in the northwest and inner city resulting in changes to bus routes in Ward 2. Effective September 5, 2016, changes will be made to Route 97 (South Ranchlands – Scenic Acres) and Route 113 (North Ranchlands – Scenic Acres). To see all the new bus routes that go into effect on September 5, 2016, please visit calgarytransit.com/2016ServiceReview.
As our kids get back to school, please slow down and watch out for children on our streets and at our crosswalks. Safe streets are a responsibility of all of us.
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