Over 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. That is why on April 25, 2016, I voted against the 6.1% increase to property taxes, which was passed by council.
The 6.1% property tax increase was largely 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.
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.
As always, please feel free to share your opinions with me on this issue or any other via “Contact Councillor” at www.joemagliocca.ca.
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