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April 22, 2015 | CREBNow

Failing grade

Decreases to Alberta's education budget causing further concern for Calgary parents

Candice Collins is no stranger to long commutes. Growing up in the northeast community of Rundle, she had to navigate the city's public transit system for hours each day to attend William Abrehart High School in city's northwest, her designated French-immersion school.

Now in her 30s, Collins is worried her five-year-old son may face the same fate in getting to school.
"[I'm concerned] he's going to wind up with a super long commute. Because in order to find the programs and the atmosphere that I want, we might have to move around," she said.

"I have quite a few people who have told me they have to take their kid great distances every day. Maybe their elementary school is close, but then their junior high isn't close and their high school might be even farther."

April 01, 2015 | CREBNow

No fallout over fees

Real estate industry not concerned about long-term effects following provincial budget surprise

Buying a home in Alberta is about to get more expensive.

Beginning July 1, Albertans will be required to spend as much as $1,000 extra to purchase a home in the province as a result of increased real-estate-related fees in the new provincial budget.

Counted among the changes are increases to the transfer/title creation flat fee, which will go from $50 to $75 and the variable fee transfer fee will jump from $1 to $6 for every $5,000 in the home's value.

March 09, 2015 | CREBNow

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Feb. 23, 2015 | CREBNow

Council votes against cutting YYC public art funding

City council voted 9-5 against a motion by Coun. Peter Demong that would've frozen Calgary's public art budget.

Demong made the motion stating among other things, the economy has been impacted by low oil prices and considering the Public Art Policy allocates up to $4 million from any single capital project that all funds, that those funds "not expended by public art during this time frame be tabulated and that administration return to council with recommendations for projects that could be funded with this revenue."

Dec. 03, 2014 | CREBNow

City council approves new budget

City council has approved a new four-year budget that will see property taxes in the city rise by 4.5 per cent next year, followed by three consecutive years of 4.7 per cent hikes through to 2018.

The increase means the average Calgary household will part with an extra $71.40 in property taxes
next year.

"This is a lean budget for a growing city," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "Council had important debate and discussion about the issues that matter most to citizens – from enhanced snow and ice control to investments in public transit to the fees for water and recycling.

Nov. 28, 2014 | CREBNow

Budget #YYC: Water talks

Calgary City Council continued it's budget talks for Action Plan 2015-2018 today.

This morning council continued its discussion on the city's utilities and environmental protection, including Calgary's water services.

"The numbers are extraordinary and I start to worry that we are building a system in water and wastewater we will just not be able to afford in future generations," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi to city staff.

Nov. 26, 2014 | CREBNow

Budget #YYC: Bridging the gap

Council talks pedestrian crossings during budget deliberations

An amendment by Ward 8 Coun. Woolley Calgary during city council budget talks today shed some light on pedestrian bridges in the city.

Woolley wished to make an amendment on a Pedestrian Overpass Program to allow for transportation to look at a wider array of solutions for transportation infrastructure.

"If we have an overpass that needs millions in upgrades and there's only 40 to 80 people using it, I find a challenge in fixing it," he said.

Nov. 24, 2014 | CREBNow

Action Plan: City council budget talks begin

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