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​One Calgary 2019-2022 Service Plans & Budgets


Over the past few years, many Calgarians have asked to find out more about the services the City provides, and how Council is investing their tax dollars. We need to be better at communicating the value of our services to our citizens, customers, communities and businesses.   This message is part of that communication.

By taking a service-based approach to how we plan and budget, we can better show the public where public tax dollars are going, the value citizens are getting for their investment, and how the City is delivering on the services they value. Additionally, being more citizen-centric creates more opportunities for services to complement each other and to work together to ensure more efficient service delivery.

Budget Week in Council

Between today’s public release of the 2019-2022 Service Plans and Budgets, and Council’s Nov. 26 to 30 deliberations, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on what administration is proposing. You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting and selecting “Give feedback”.  Starting with the Nov. 26 Public Hearing, Council will deliberate on the proposed plans and budgets and make their final decision for how we invest and what we focus on for the next four years.

Unfortunately, misinformation for political gain seems to be a trend. I will do my utmost to post factual information - no innuendoes, no one-off anecdotal quotes, etc.

Ward's Budget Series

Over the next few weeks, I will post various charts with explanations; the one below is a comparable for Calgary vs. Edmonton’s current tax difference. Edmonton Council approved a 3.3% tax increase for 2019.

There are three components to the new 4-year budget – the Operating Budget (daily operations of the City to deliver services), the Capital Budget (infrastructure investment, purchases of equipment etc.), and the One-time costs (unplanned/planned one-off costs).

What does “Indicative Tax Rate” actually mean? It is an estimate over a 4-year period taking in many variables, such as the economic environment, revenue estimates, etc.

This is a FACT- The last 5 years’ Actual tax increase has been LOWER every year than the original Indicative Tax Rate (I will post the chart later).

This is only the first of many conversations and the debate of the upcoming budget (in the last week of November at Council). We also review budgets every 6 months to determine if adjustments are required. As a Municipal City under the MGA, we are NOT ALLOWED to run a deficit.​​​​

Categories: Councillor; City Finances; Budget; City Finances Blog

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.​