It has just been revealed that City Hall will have a $129 million surplus this year.
Council recently voted to raise taxes by 8.9% in probably the worst economic times Calgary has seen, even though they have a massive budget surplus.
Why? Because they need that money to spend next year. They never stop spending!
Don't believe those who tell you that Council has already cut spending.
When they say they "cut", they just mean that they increased spending by slightly less than they'd originally planned.
We fought against these tax increases last year, and we're still fighting now, because it's not too late.
Council still have to vote to finalize the tax increase in the coming days.
So let's show them that an 8.9% tax increase while they sit on a gigantic surplus of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is not acceptable.
This week, Calgary Council are debating the City budget for 2020.
City officials have given them three potential scenarios to choose between:
No matter which scenario they choose, your taxes are going up next year.
This is unacceptable.
On top of that, after council votes on how much to increase spending, they also plan to debate "shifting" taxes away from businesses and on to residents.
This could increase residential taxes by another 6% or 7%!
Pitting Calgary businesses and residents against each other isn't helpful - both businesses and residents in Calgary are hurting.
We all know that the problem at City Hall isn't a lack of tax revenue, it's out-of-control spending.
Council needs to get spending under control so that taxes can go down for businesses AND residents!
Let's show council that the majority of Calgarians expect them to get spending under control, not create ever-more wasteful government programs.
Sign the petition to support tax cuts, not tax hikes or tax shifts.
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Dear Calgary Council,
Enough is enough.
It's time to get spending under control.
We support a tax cut.
We do not support a tax hike.
We do not support a tax shift.