CITY OF CALGARY – LOTS OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
During the recent recession, countless Calgarians struggled with pay cuts and job losses. It was a very difficult time for many families and businesses… in fact, many are still not quite back on their feet.
At city hall, however, we saw a completely different story – pay increases for city employees, generous spending increases and of course tax hikes.
Yet when one questions city hall’s budget and tax hikes, we continue to hear a ridiculous argument – if the city doesn’t increase taxes, it would have to cut services.
In fact, that’s the choice the city routinely presents to Calgarians in its annual citizens satisfaction survey(see page 38).
We know that’s an absurd choice though. There’s a third option. The city could do a better job with the money we provide it while still providing important services like road repair, policing, etc.