City Council Cuts Property Tax Increase

Posted April 17, 2015 by OshryAdmin

The proposed property tax increase of 5.7% indicated in last December’s budget, has been reduced to 2.4% for residential property-owners thanks to a less-than-anticipated education rate set by the Province.

City Council made the decision this week to reduce the rate, rather than to utilize the extra “room” created by the difference between education and municipal portions of the tax rate. It was suggested that the City should use this additional money – $32 million – to reduce its debt servicing costs. However, Council determined that any windfall should go in the first instance to the taxpayer.

Read more about the decision, and how it might affect your property taxes, in the Blog


City Councillors Look to Establish Domestic Violence Initiative

Posted December 18, 2014 by OshryAdmin

Councillors Bev Esslinger and Amarjeet Sohi are calling for Council to set up a new initiative to tackle domestic violence issues in the city. Edmonton’s rapidly growing population, industry-related demographics, and recent economic pressures may all contribute to the city’s increasing incidence of domestic and gender-based violence. The initiative will continue to be developed in the new year, and will seek strategies to raise awareness and educate the community.


West Recreation Centre Receives Design Stage Funding

Posted December 18, 2014 by OshryAdmin

In the recent Capital Budget deliberations, Council approved $3.5 million to fund the design for the planned Lewis Farms recreation centre. This decision advances the process significantly, ensuring that the site will be ready for construction in the next budget cycle (2019-22). While this is a longer timeframe than many residents had hoped, it is a considerable victory for the west end and a real testament to the residents who made their voices heard on this issue.


City Council Approves 2015-2018 Budgets

Posted on December 18, 2014 by OshryAdmin

After a month-long process of discussion, deliberation, and debate,  Council has approved $4.3 billion in capital projects and $2.2 billion in operating expenditures. Council has accordingly voted in support of a 5.7% increase in property taxes. With the new budget, Edmontonians can anticipate upgraded infrastructure, roads, and facilities – including the widening of Whitemud Drive, new fire stations, a police campus, new and improved libraries and recreation centres, and the construction of the Valley Line LRT service. The operating budget maintains all existing programs and enhances essential services such as snow removal, late-night transit, the Green Shack summer program for youth, and provides for an additional 89 positions within the Edmonton Police Service.

For a detailed summary of the approved budget, see:


Ward 5

Councillor Michael Oshry

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