Monthly Archives: April 2015

Removing the “City of Champions” Slogan and Why it Matters #yegcc

 

This was always going to be a difficult issue. Change is difficult, especially when it means letting go of  strongly held ideas, emotions, and memories. But removing the slogan from our city’s entrance signs  does not have to mean erasing the past, or disregarding our memories. The events of the past, and how  we as a community remember them, remain. This decision is not about taking that away. This is about  whether we should prioritize an outdated slogan which was never officially endorsed, and which has  brought no tangible benefit to our city.

Our city remains home to many …

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City Council cuts property tax increase

City Council has reduced the amount of the 2015 residential property tax increase by not using the full “education tax room” available, an option caused by the provincial education tax increasing less than the municipal portion of the residential property tax bill.

For homeowners, the average total property tax bill will increase by 2.4%, while non-residential properties will see the tax bill increase by an average of 7.6% — for a combined residential and non-residential increase of roughly 3.3%.

 

What is the education tax room?

For residential properties, about 30% of all property taxes collected by the City go …

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History and Community: McDougall United Church Decision Unites Public and Private Space #yegcc

Recently the provincial government committed $750 000 to fund essential repairs to the 105-year old McDougall Church. The City of Edmonton has proposed to contribute a further $500 000, subject to Council approval. After tumultuous months of uncertainty, it appears that this pledge could be enough to save the building in the short term – and hopefully spur a community-led movement to safeguard its long term future.

The funding commitment is contingent on the McDougall Church Trustees applying for historical designation for the site at both the provincial and municipal levels. This would mean that the building cannot be …

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