November 2020 Newsletter
Hello Ward 14!
Early in this Council term I took on a project with the hopes of achieving greater transparency at City Hall. It was a relatively small project. Nevertheless I believe it was very important. It tends not to garner a lot of attention, but now is when it truly shows its usefulness.
I am referring to my property tax breakdown calculator, and I believe it will take on a special relevance as we move into budget discussions this month. You can find it by typing calgary.ca/ourfinances into your web browser, where you will actually find a lot more useful information about City finances. The tax breakdown calculator itself will give you a detailed breakdown of how your tax dollars are allocated.
It should not be a secret that I lean towards less government and lower taxes. As someone who has owned or worked at small businesses all his life, those are values that are important to me. But to be a responsible Councillor you need to listen to your constituents, and to be a responsible conservative you need to reduce spending mindfully. That is where I see the true value of the property tax breakdown calculator.
Before Council goes into budget deliberations later this month, I hope that anyone reading this article will take the time to view their tax breakdown, decide how they feel about how their taxes are allocated, and let me know how they would prioritize city spending. It is my job to represent you, so I hope you will let me know how I can do that.
Feel free to contact me any time. The best way to contact me is by visiting calgary.ca/contactward14. You can also find information on how I voted during the 2019 budget talks in the Latest News section at calgary.ca/ward14.
-Councillor Peter Demong
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