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Calgarians are not ATM's

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Ward 2 official websiteOver the past few months, I’ve been consulting with the residents of Ward 2 on their priorities for our community and our city. Ward 2 residents are almost unanimous in their opposition to increased property taxes, and I agree. That is why on April 25, 2016, I took a stand and voted against the 6.1% increase to property taxes.

The last thing Calgarians need during an economic downturn is to be paying significantly more in property tax. Unfortunately, largely due to the provincial Budget 2016, taxes are going to be increasing and it will impact everyone, including The City of Calgary.

The 6.1% property tax increase was derived from the increased provincial education portion of property taxes. What is even more concerning is the fact that the 6.1% property tax increase does not take into account the new carbon tax that is being implemented by the provincial government. This carbon tax will not only tax each and every Albertan individually, but it will also be applied to our public transit system and almost every aspect of The City of Calgary’s operations. This will significantly impact property tax rates in future years. 

I voted against this 6.1% property tax increase because Calgarians are not ATM's. I believe that The City of Calgary will need to continue doing its part by looking at every aspect of spending to see what can be done to reduce the tax burden on Calgarians. However, I will admit that this task will be increasingly difficult due to the higher taxes being imposed on The City by the provincial government.

I believe that tax dollars are best kept in the pockets of taxpayers so that they can choose to spend their money as they see fit. This is particularly important in the context of our challenging economic climate. Many Calgarians have lost their jobs and have seen their incomes decline. The last thing these Calgarians need is to have their taxes increased which will make it even more difficult for them to pay their bills.

If you agree with me that your taxes are too high, and if you oppose the new carbon tax, I urge you to share your opinion with your local MLA. As always, please feel free to share your opinions with me via Contact Councillor.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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