This is rich.
First, the City of Calgary raises property taxes, and then they strike a committee to figure out what kind of program they need to help seniors who are being hurt by these high taxes.
In fact, they raised municipal property taxes last year by almost 10%. Yeah, inflation is rising in Calgary and the growth is substantial, but those new homes that have been built are adding to the tax base, and the developers are paying a new home levy on top of the new tax base they just created.
Inflation is hovering around 4% a year, yet taxes went up by 10%! Uh, hello! Of course seniors are going to be hurt by this, what did you expect?
Perhaps if the City quit wasting tax dollars on pancake breakfasts for people in Washington, DC, glitzy housholders telling Calgarians that they don't pay enough in taxes, TV, print and radio ads -- advertising said householder, public opinion polls on said householder showing that 79% of Calgarians didn't even look at it, trips for the Mayor and an aldermen to travel to London, England to have a look at some blueprints, etc, etc, etc -- perhaps they wouldn't have to raise taxes and then spend even more money trying to figure out how to help those people hurt by the tax increases.
Bonus irony: Alderman Gord Lowe, chair of the finance committee, and deputy head cheerleader for higher taxes (next to Mayor Bronconnier), is also the guy in charge of figuring out how to help seniors cope from this higher taxes.
I'm sure he'll be a lot of help.
Hey Gord, here's some free advice, courtesy of the CTF:
How about you start by not jacking up taxes by 10% each year. How about you put in a cap on how much taxes can go up each year.
Start there and you wouldn't need a committee to navel-gaze on the taxpayers dime.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
This is rich.
Posted by Scott Hennig at 1:05 PM