Budget/Finance

Capital Projects Update

Over the past two and a half years since the re-organization and project management changes, Council receives updates on our significant Capital Projects three times a year. This approach enables Council to monitor projects more effectively, improve communication between departments and Council, and provide better information to residents of Edmonton on the progress of our capital projects.…

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City Hall Wading Pool and Public Space

Earlier today I supported a motion that changes the public space in front of City Hall. I want to share some of the history that led up to this decision as well as why I voted the way I did. Late in 2017 there was news coverage about a proposed change to the space in…

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2018 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustment

Every year I like to write a post on our budget deliberations. 2018 is the last year of our three year operating budget which means many of the decisions made took place in December 2015. When the budget was set a few years back, the original budget had a 4.9% increase in 2018. It was…

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Capital Projects Update

Three times a year there is an update on the status of significant capital projects. In interest of keeping you informed about how the city is doing around project management, I have provided updates on the results so you can keep track of our performance and ask any questions. Instead of writing a completely new…

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Sliding Scale Fee Program for Edmontonians

Last June, while meeting with community members at the Central Lions Seniors Activity Centre, I heard from a resident who for the first time in years did not qualify for the Leisure Access Program. At age 72, she was required to cash in her RRSP savings (as mandated by the Government of Canada) and that…

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Capital Financial Update

Three times a year there is an update on the status of significant capital projects. In interest of keeping you informed about how the city is doing around project management, I have provided updates on the results so you can keep track of our performance and ask any questions. Instead of writing a completely new…

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City Council Compensation

It’s that time of year again where I like to write about City Council compensation. As my wage is paid for by all Edmontonians, I believe it’s important to review the process about how Council wages are set. Back in 2006, a decision was made by that City Council to find a way to stop…

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Approved 2016-18 Supplemental Budget Adjustment

On Tuesday December 13th City Council unanimously approved our 2016-18 Supplemental Budget Adjustment. For more information about how we got to the vote on Tuesday you can read this post from a few weeks ago. While the tax increase of 2.85% is the lowest increase in the last 10 years, I want to share my…

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2016-2018 Proposed Operating Budget Adjustment

At the November 29/30 City Council meeting, we will be reviewing the proposed supplemental Operating Budget adjustments. You can read the full reports here (item 6.1) but I want to provide an overview of the proposal and my thoughts on it. The City also has a fantastic interactive website that explains all facets of the…

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Value for Taxes

It likely comes as no surprise that taxes are a regular topic of discussion with residents. It is also a regular topic of discussion at City Council. The challenge is finding the balance between providing the necessary services for a growing city while trying to minimize the tax dollars required. Although our Administration looks for inefficiencies…

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