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City of Calgary to consider 2018 property tax freeze

Last Updated Nov 17, 2017 at 4:13 pm MDT

Calgary City Council 2018 budget gap 660 NEWS

City administrators have handed council a series of recommendations that could result in a freeze on property taxes in 2018.

But first, council will need to find ways to trim about $150 million in city services or programs.

According to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, one of the biggest asks comes from city police.

“For 55 new officers, plus body-worn cameras, plus some improvements to the human resources section at the Calgary Police Service,” Nenshi said. “If council wanted to fully fund that request, that would result in a approximately a 0.8 per cent tax increase for 2018.”

Other proposals include cutting city staff and transit service in order to reduce costs.

Another recommendation would see nearly $24 million go towards financing costs of the yet-to-be-built Green Line LRT. If approved, that could result in a 2.9 per cent increase to the average property tax bill.