Happy New Year! I know for many residents of Ward 2, the past year has been very difficult. I am pleased to report that prior to the New Year, City Council unanimously approved Adjustments to the 2017 Budget which includes relief in taxes and fees to support Calgary home owners and businesses. This includes:
• Property tax freeze for 2017;
• Elimination of the Green Cart program fees for 2017; and
• A sliding scale for Calgary Transit’s Low Income Monthly Pass based on income which will be implemented in the second quarter of 2017.
City Council also set aside $15 million from the Fiscal Stability Reserve to assist Calgary businesses facing challenges due to the economic downturn. Administration will report back to Council early in the New Year with options for Council to consider around utilizing the funds.
Over 11,000 Calgarians provided feedback on the proposed changes to the Community Standards Bylaw, of which City Council has approved. The bylaw regulates neighbourhood nuisances, safety and liveability issues. The approved amendments address citizen concerns related to outdoor concert bass sound levels, wood-burning fire pits, upkeep of properties and delivery of unwanted items.
Council has also given approval of amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw. These amendments will provide Calgarians with more transportation choices while maintaining public safety.
I’m very glad to see that 144th Avenue NW was opened to traffic between 14th Street NW and Centre Street. Although this is not the final alignment, I am really pleased to see that this section is open as it provides another exit out of Evanston.
Stay informed about parking bans this winter by subscribing to email alerts at Calgary.ca/snow, following @yyctransport on Twitter, calling 311 and watching local news or listening to the radio.
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