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Budget/Finance

Fall Capital and Operating Budget Adjustment – Options to Reduce the Tax Increase

Last December 2018 Council approved a 2.6% yearly tax increase in the 2019-2022 Operating, Capital and Utility budgets. These budgets identify costs for renewal and growth of municipal infrastructure, civic programs and services, and sources of revenue including grants, property taxes, user fees and utility rates. Every Spring and Fall, Council reviews the budget and approves…

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2020 City Productivity Audit

I am extremely pleased to report that the Office of the City Auditor has confirmed they will be undertaking an extensive productivity review this upcoming year as part of the 2020 Annual Work Plan. Similar to the last review done in 2013, this review will include performance and productivity measurements by department, corporate results and…

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Economic Development in a Global Economy

In late May, I had the opportunity to attend the Collision Conference in Toronto which is a large tech conference that brings together buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s emerging technology companies. I was invited to be part of the Innovate Edmonton delegation and knowing that we have some major strengths…

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Fast Speeds, Slow Solutions

Last April, there was a motion put forward to complete further analysis on what speed our roads should be set at. This includes local roads, arterial roads, and collector roads. Nearly a year later, the report is coming back but unfortunately it appears the work that has been requested has not been completed.   Previous…

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Valley Line West LRT – $30.5 Million Closer to Completion

The Valley Line West LRT will be the largest infrastructure project in Edmonton’s history. Work on this project started in 2007 and was one of the main reasons I decided to get involved with my community league and municipal government. When I ran for Council, securing the necessary funding from the other orders of government…

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Budget 2019 – Highlights and Conclusion

After months of analyzing, asking questions, and debating, City Council has wrapped up debate on the 2019 – 2022 Operating and Capital Budget. This budget will shape the way Edmonton grows over the next four years. Over 150 Edmontonians came out to speak at the Public Hearing on the budget. We heard about the need…

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Budget 2019 – Potential for Greater Savings

  A few months ago I put forward a motion in advance of our budget deliberations to examine what programs and/or services could be changed, reduced, or cut. The results of that motion have now been released. This link will take you to the agenda and then you can view the first attachment which will…

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