City council approves 5% tax hike for Calgary
After four days of deliberation, and a wide range of horse-trading, Calgary aldermen have settled on a tax hike of 5 per cent.
Council has approved the 2011 operating budget, with the tax rate
sitting at five per cent.
Alderman Peter Demong was the only member of council who voted against approving the budget, stating that the tax rate was still too high.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi on the other hand, told his colleagues he was
happy with the number.
“I’m very, very pleased with where we’ve ended up,” he said, citing
council’s decisions to add to Calgary Transit hours, maintaining the
Access Calgary program and doing away with the $3 park and ride fee.
“We’ve invested strongly in the things Calgarians told us were
important to them,” said Nenshi.