Budget/Finance

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 front of City Hall otherwise

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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 far from ideal but the

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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 post every time, I wanted

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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 put her $800 over the

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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 post every time, I wanted

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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 voting on their own salaries.

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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 thoughts on why I supported

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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 2016-2018 Budget here. I highly

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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 every year (please refer to

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In light of the By-election campaign finance disclosures report that was recently released here I thought I would take some time to share my thoughts on campaign financing.   Last year Edmonton City Council passed a motion to recommend changes to the Local Authorities Election Act that would provide a more level the playing field for new candidates and promote individual donors

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