Calgary lowered 2016 property tax increase from 4.7 to 3.5 per cent

The City has lowered the 2016 property tax increase from 4.7 to 3.5 per cent, but some wonder if Calgarians should be happy with the amount of paring.

City Council voted Monday to approve the increase amount that will now raise taxes by $4.90 per month rather than $6.90.Tax increase Calgary

Amber Ruddy, Alberta director of the Canadian Federation for Independent Business, said the trim is a good thing, but the City should be holding the line.

 

“If they were serious about trimming back that property tax hike, they’d look at that biggest line item and think of that in the future as their renegotiating contracts with government employees,” Ruddy said.

Calgary’s Mayor was asked if the city could shrink the increase further.

Naheed Nenshi said that is simply how much money administration was able to find rather than reinvesting it into services through the economic downturn.

 “They have determined that if we want to maintain the same level of service, which let’s not forget, 24,000 people last year told us that is what they wanted, that this was how much they needed in order to do it,” Nenshi said.

“It’s $2 a month, it’s not an enormous amount of money, but in these times, it’s an important symbol for us to send,” he said.

This is the first time in 10 years that administration has suggested lowering the increase.

Councillor Richard Pootmans said, when it comes to available city funds, how quickly a five per cent vacancy rate is filled, will have a big impact in the future.

“If the job vacancies are pushed out one, two and three months out, before we fill them, then in fact, a huge amount of that savings actually derives in terms of a tax rate decrease,” he said.

 

Source: 660News

Conductor Calgary Tránsito Jesse Fue Despedido por comentarios Anti-Gay

Calgary Septiembre 11, 2015

Jesse Rau , el conductor cristiano de autobús de la ciudad de Calgary que dijo que iba a renunciar a su trabajo con Calgary Tránsito si se le obliga a conducir autobuses con el arco iris, símbolo de la comunidad Gay, a causa de sus creencias religiosas , ha sido despedido .

 

Rau recibió una carta de culminación de empleo de la ciudad de Calgary el jueves por violar el código de conducta y la política de relaciones con los medios de la ciudad.

La carta afirma: . ” Para que quede claro que usted tiene derecho a sus creencias religiosas y de expresar libremente. Sin embargo, usted fue más allá de eso e hizo comentarios falsos y engañosos durante varias entrevistas con los medios , lo que resultó en la indebida controversia y poner la reputación de la ciudad en riesgo.”

 

The city says Jesse Rau breached its code of conduct by telling false information to the media about his stance on a rainbow-coloured Calgary Transit bus. (CBC)
The city says Jesse Rau breached its code of conduct by telling false information to the media about his stance on a rainbow-coloured Calgary Transit bus. (CBC)

Rau ha dicho que iba a luchar contra su despido, y hará una colecta de recaudación de fondos para contratar a un abogado, pero no está sorprendido de que perdió su trabajo .

“Así que el hecho de que me despidieron, fue doloroso, pero como he dicho desde el principio sabía que esto iba a estar sobre la mesa. ”

La controversia ha ganado muchos seguidores en línea, con algunos diciendo la ciudad hizo lo correcto.

Fuente: CBC

 

Cougar alert issued for Fish Creek Park – Calgary

La entidad de gobierno que administra los parques de Alberta “Alberta Parks” ha emitido una alerta contra Pumas en el area. En dos ocasiones han sido estos gatos salvajes.

 

Ellos fueron vistos en la zona Votier ‘s Flats / Shadow Meadows.

Alberta Parks recomienda, si usted se encuentra con un puma, no corra. Retroceda lentamente sin quitar el contacto visual