To ensure we are providing Calgarians with the services they need, The City reviews its service plans and budgets on an annual basis and makes appropriate adjustments if required.
This year’s adjustments are known as Mid-Cycle Adjustments (MCA), as they are mid-way through the One Calgary 2019-2022 service plans and budgets approved by Council in November 2018. Calgarians have experienced extraordinary challenges since that time, including the COVID-19 pandemic and consistently low oil prices, and The City is working hard to balance continued service delivery to citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups, with emerging fiscal realities.
On Nov. 9, Administration released its recommendations (which are available on the Council Agenda and Minute page. Through prudent financial management, The City has proposed an overall tax rate decrease of 1.66% for 2021, exceeding Council’s direction for a 0% increase.
Some of the savings found beyond the Council direction for a 0% increase will replace the one-time rebate for 2021 previously directed by Council with permanent reductions. After taking into account the one-time rebate approved by Council for last year’s taxes, the result will be an overall decrease of 0.55% for non-residential and 0.67% for residential taxpayers (including a small one-time rebate in 2021). Specific tax rates for 2021 will vary depending on property type and changes in assessment value.
Financial conversations with citizens
The reports summarize the citizen feedback we collected on City finances and services through research, social media and engagement from July – September 2020.
To view the engagement What We Heard Report as well as the above reports in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi or Spanish, please visit engage.calgary.ca/yourservices.
Visit calgary.ca/CitSat for more information.
Here is how the MCA process works:
MCA will also be the vehicle by which Council will review and discuss the Solutions for Achieving Value and Excellence (SAVE) Program. SAVE is targeting a reduction in operating budgets of $24 million in savings in 2021 and $50 million in 2022 to deliver modern and affordable municipal services to Calgarians, as directed by Council. For more information, please visit calgary.ca/SAVE.
Administration provide their proposed adjustments to the service plans and budgets to Council on Nov. 9, 2020, which can be found on the Council agenda and Minutes page. Council will review the proposed adjustments and begin their deliberations, including hearing from the public, on Nov. 23.
Citizens will have the opportunity to provide written feedback by completing the online public submission form.
Interested citizens will also have the option to speak in person or over the phone at the Council Meeting on Nov. 23 by registering with the City Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to provide comments in-person or on the phone, interpretation services are available by request. Requests for interpretation services must be submitted by November 19 at 4:00 pm.