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January 2017 Community Newsletter

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Ward 6 official website
January 1, 2017
Happy New Year Ward 6! It has been a privilege serving you over the past six years. Last November, Council deliberated and voted on Mid-Cycle budget adjustments including a tax rate reduction for 2017 to 1.5%. Council proposed a 1.5% rebate from the Fiscal Stability Fund, effectively bringing the 2017 tax rate increase to 0%. Council had directed administration to lower the tax rate, which included a plan to reduce the budget through a combination of corporate funding sources, department savings from operating efficiencies, and service reductions, which totalled $73 million in relief for citizens. As Calgarians have expressed, Council hopes a zero percent tax rate will signal to the Alberta Government that Albertans need relief from the Province too. Forecasts indicate a recovery might not be expected until 2018. Under Council’s direction, administration will examine the feasibility of another zero percent tax rate for 2018.
I am happy to share with you that this year I will be on the Transportation & Transit Standing Policy Committee. This work will provide me with even more opportunities to contribute to transportation conversations and decisions, which are among your highest priorities, particularly Ring Road planning. Another important priority in Ward 6 is crime and safety; I will be serving as Vice Chair of Community & Protective Services, which provides the backbone of services for our quality of life. I am stepping down as Chair of the Audit Committee, a role in which I served for the past three years, but will remain Vice Chair.  I am proud of our several dozen internal audit reports about City operations, which can be found under Audit Committee at agendaminutes.calgary.ca, including many recommendations made to City business units to improve efficiencies. To view all of the committees I serve on, please visit calgary.ca/ward6 on the ‘About’ section.
 
User Fee Relief and Revenue Reductions by the Numbers
Fee Freezes for 2016
·         Transit
·         Recreation
·         Parks
·         Pet Licensing
·         Utility Rates
·         Green Cart Program (no fee for 2017)
·         Planning and Development
·         Fire Inspection and Permits
·         Secondary Suite Applications
·         Landfill Tipping Rates (2017)
 
Summary of Budget Adjustment Benefits ($ millions)
·         Tax Relief ($73.0)
·         User Fee/Utility Rate Freezes ($65.9)
·         Targeted Initiatives ($9.1)
·         Lower Revenue – absorbed ($35.3)
·         Total of All Initiatives ($183.3)
 
 
As we enter an election year, according to Council policy, all Councillor-hosted events must take place by May 31, 2017. I look forward to meeting with you in the first half of 2017 at one of my upcoming events:
Councillor Chats
 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Glenbrook Community Association, 3524 45 Street SW
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. – Noon at SCA Community Association, 277 Strathcona Drive SW
 
Ward 6 Open House
 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Glendale Community Association, 4500 25 Avenue SW



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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