I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer and was able to take in some of the many Canada Day celebrations throughout our City. A number of important decisions have been made by City Council over the past couple months that will impact you as a resident and as a taxpayer.
The Green Line LRT project was approved by Council on May 15th, 2017. I voted against this project because of the revised cost and the revised route. Originally, the Green Line was supposed to go from North Pointe all the way down to the South Health Campus. This would have served many residents of Northwest Calgary, including many in Ward 2. However, the revised plans presented to City Council was for a Green Line that only goes north to 16th Ave NW. I did not think it was a good use of your tax dollars – $4.7 Billion of your tax dollars – to pay for an LRT that essentially only serves the inner city.
Another major decision made by City Council was to approve a tax increase of up to 2% for 2018. I not only opposed the tax increase, I introduced a motion to lower property taxes by 2%. Unfortunately, this motion did not pass as only three other councillors supported my motion for a tax decrease.
One very positive item for Ward 2 is that Council approved the purchase of the land for the missing link on Symons Valley Parkway between Symons Valley Road and Sage Hill Drive. Plans are being drawn up for the design of this road and I am currently working on getting funds allocated to get this road built.
Come out to our Ward 2 Stampede Barbeque at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill on Saturday, July 15 between 11am – 2pm.