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The City has been making huge investments on capital projects, such as the downtown library, the C-train Green Line, the BMO conference centre expansion, the funding of a new hockey arena, and the Arts Commons project. The funding of all these projects will impact Calgary taxpayers for years to come. What’s worrisome is that the costs in these budgets always seem to escalate.

I support the following:

  • Continue and expand the City’s SAVE (Solutions for Achieving Value and Excellence) program to find savings and efficiencies in all of the City’s departments.
  • A complete audit of all approved capital projects.
  • Any alterations to approved capital projects must be justified and approved with the majority of council.
  • New capital projects must demonstrate a clear net benefit to taxpayers with robust forecasts.
  • Sole source contracts for capital projects must not be allowed.
  • All new capital projects must have meaningful consultation with Calgarians, with adequate notice.
  • Local artists must be given priority access to the City’s artwork fund before international artists.  

 

The City has been making huge investments on capital projects, such as the downtown library, the C-train Green Line, the BMO conference centre expansion, the funding of a new hockey arena, and the Arts Commons project. The funding of all these projects will impact Calgary taxpayers for years to come. What’s worrisome is that the costs in these budgets always seem to escalate.

I support the following:

  • Continue and expand the City’s SAVE (Solutions for Achieving Value and Excellence) program to find savings and efficiencies in all of the City’s departments.
  • A complete audit of all approved capital projects.
  • Any alterations to approved capital projects must be justified and approved with the majority of council.
  • New capital projects must demonstrate a clear net benefit to taxpayers with robust forecasts.
  • Sole source contracts for capital projects must not be allowed.
  • All new capital projects must have meaningful consultation with Calgarians, with adequate notice.
  • Local artists must be given priority access to the City’s artwork fund before international artists.  

 

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