See Charter, Think Tax is a coalition of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Common Sense Calgary committed to advocating for no new taxes by Alberta's big cities, at least not without citywide referendums on any proposed new taxation powers.
The mayors of Edmonton and Calgary have been busy pushing for city charters – special agreements that could give their councils historic new taxing powers, the likes of which Albertans have never seen before. In Calgary, a city sales tax is even being considered by council, despite it requiring provincial approval.
Property taxes are already slated to rise in Calgary and likely in Edmonton. Municipal operating spending is growing at an unsustainable pace. The Alberta Municipal Spending Watch report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that Calgary and Edmonton have been growing operating costs more than three times faster than what is...Learn More