Calgarians who’ve seen their property taxes soar 32% in the last three years don’t feel they are getting their money’s worth from city spenders, says a Sun poll.
Ald. Gord Lowe, a long-serving member and former head of the city’s finance committee, told the Sun’s Bill Kaufmann despite being averse to taxes, Calgarians support “executive-class services” and even if Calgary stopped growing, taxes would have to keep rising.
But an online poll of Calgary Sun readers found an overwhelming majority — 1,286 votes or 89% by Sunday afternoon — say they do not feel they are getting value from their money.
“I’m so tired of the City of Calgary wasting my tax dollars,” wrote Kari Jaeger-Burley on the Sun’s Facebook page.
Donald Mundrick agreed.
“If someone could convince me that there was not massive waste of our tax dollars, I would be much happier with the taxes I pay,” he wrote.
“But when you have the arrogance of many aldermen as well as the mayor telling us that we are stupid, I don’t see how we are getting value for our dollar.”
Ross O’Brien said tax increases hurt Calgary’s elderly.
“There has to come a time when the city has reached a cap on how much they can continually bilk home owners on seemingly endless property tax increases, especially to our elderly citizens who can least afford it!” he commented on the Sun’s online story.
But Lowe said while everyone is entitled to their opinion, he stands by his remarks.
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