About a month ago, I wrote a blog post to provide some initial thoughts for the hundreds of people who had been contacting me about the future of community safety in our city. If you haven’t read through that blog yet, please take 10 minutes to start there before continuing on with this post. One…

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At the end of May, I wrote about the spring supplementary capital budget and reductions in services that we would see over the coming year because of the financial impact of COVID-19. We have seen an over $140 million shortfall in the budget due to the pandemic and as such, we had to make changes…

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I want to start with an apology. I know I have contributed to systemic racism in our city and I haven’t done enough, or possibly anything, to end systemic racism. For example, I can recall times where I have knocked on doors and spoken with people who start saying racist things about black, indigenous, and…

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The Supplemental Capital Budget (SCBA) is an integral component of the City Council approved multi-year approach to set the 2019-2022 Capital Budget. It allows Council to adjust the budget in response to changing project needs, new funding opportunities and challenges, emerging issues, and changing priorities. It supports the City’s financial management outcome of ensuring the…

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Hi everyone, first I want to start off by saying that the past few days have been really hard for many of us. This has been an unprecedented time that requires us to respond in a variety of ways including additional temporary lay-offs of City of Edmonton staff. While never easy, this has been especially…

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I’m disappointed that I have to write this blog post. There was a statement made on Facebook by one of my colleagues on Council that has been shared significantly since it was published. I won’t share it here because unfortunately, most of it is false and It’s not responsible to share something that I know…

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Title: Capital Projects Update – Q4 2019 Seeing important projects stay on time and on budget is an important issue for many residents. There have been many concerns in the past regarding the City’s project management process, and in 2015 there were clear recommendations on changes that needed to be made. You can read more about…

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By now most, if not all, of you will have received your 2020 Tax Assessment notice in the mail. It’s important to remember these assessments are not your tax bill; that gets sent out in May. Assessments reflect the City’s estimate of your property’s market value as of July 1, 2019, which is then used…

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                                  Last year I wrote about our 2019-2022 Budget Deliberations. It was the first time we were approving a four-year Operating and Capital Budget. We had previously approved multi-year budgets so there was a good idea of how this…

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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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