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.

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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

News

November 22, 2016
Charter Submission to Government Canadian Taxpayers Federation

CTF Submission to the Government of Alberta on the Incoming City Charters The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) greatly appreciates the opportunity to partake in the consultation process around city charters. We attended both the Calgary...

November 22, 2016
Charter Submission to Government - Common Sense Calgary

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments pertaining to the creation of the City Charters through the Municipal Government Act. I am the Executive Director of Common Sense Calgary, an organization dedicated to providing a...

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Op eds

March 02, 2016
Notley Must Let Albertans Decide On New City Taxes

By: Paige MacPherson, Amber Ruddy and Stephanie Kusie ......... According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 will be the year of the monkey. But will it also be the year of the tax? Unfortunately, if Alberta's...

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