In listening parties and on doorsteps, I've heard your visions for fiscal sustainability for the City of Edmonton.
You want the City to steward local resources responsibly to meet the unique and diverse needs of Edmontonians.
How are things living up to your visions? As you and I see it right now, we need to ensure that the City can afford to provide services within current revenues. The City budget allocation has to match the areas that are identified as priorities by our plans and citizens.
How we'll spend sustainably
The City of Edmonton is in negotiations with the Province on a City Charter to shift more authority to the City, and open up new revenue streams for municipalities. The City also shares information about the 2016-2018 budget with the Open Budget tool.
If elected as your Ward 11 Councillor, I will work with you to bring your ideas to life. Many of you are feeling the burden of continuous tax increases year after year, even though you recognize the need for increasing services and programs to support our wellbeing. We should not rely so heavily on property taxes as the City's main source of revenue -- approximately 50% of our Operating Budget comes from property taxes. I will advocate with you to the Province for responsive and flexible revenue streams for cities so that we can stabilize taxation at the same time that you can receive quality services.
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I have learned a lot from these conversations, but there are many more people who I haven’t yet heard from. In the coming weeks and months, I will be hosting more listening parties. If you would like to attend one, sign up for our email list to receive news about attending one. Or volunteer to host one.
I will also be going door-to-door throughout Ward 11, and I look forward to meeting even more of my neighbours and continuing to learn about what matters most to you. I welcome your help if you would like to join my team by volunteering or donating.
If you see me or my campaign team in your neighbourhood, come and say hello. I’d love to meet you and discuss how we can work together to make Ward 11 a place you delight to live.