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The Globe and Mail article Calgary has been the city of the future for more than a decade, but its new mayor says the city will not be the same again.
Calgary has been ranked among the top 25 cities in Canada by Forbes magazine, and the city is also on track to surpass its global benchmark of a $6-billion surplus in its year-end budget.
But the city has yet to reach its goals of $10-billion in economic growth and $1-billion-plus in tax revenue.
Forbes’ top 25 lists Calgary as a top city for the past decade.
The Calgary Flames were ranked first in the NHL, and won the Stanley Cup in 2012.
And the city’s city council approved a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.
But Calgary has seen a steady stream of controversy over its new, higher-paying city tax, and has faced questions about the city government’s ability to pay for projects and services.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he believes the city can still deliver on its economic growth goal and tax plan.
“We have to be clear about what we’re talking about.
And I think it’s really important to be able to say that in a way that doesn’t alienate people,” Nensha told CBC News in an interview Monday.
The $6 billion surplus in Calgary’s fiscal year ended in February, the latest available.
And Nenshy says the savings could grow by as much as $1 billion if the city were to increase taxes.
“That’s going to help us create more jobs, which is really important, and we’ve got to have a better economic outlook for Calgary,” he said.
Nenshi’s office has said the city was on track for $10 billion in tax and revenue growth in the current fiscal year.
But Nenshian’s office said the figure is based on assumptions of $6.5 billion in revenue growth.
On Monday, city council voted to raise taxes by $2.50 for a total of $4.50 a year, including property tax hikes.
It also agreed to increase fees to fund the new $6 million police headquarters, which will cost $8.5 million.
Nenshy said the police will have new officers to deal with a surge in crime, which he said has risen since he was elected.
City council is set to vote again this month on a $9.5-million expansion of the city park system, which was approved in March and now has a $1.5-$2 million budget.
The park system includes a new, larger parking lot, a new trail and bike paths, as well as bike lanes.
In an interview with CBC News, Nenshya said he is also concerned about how Calgary is handling homelessness.
The city has taken on more than 5,000 people from shelters in the past year, and is struggling to accommodate a new influx of homeless.
Nenshin said the council needs to act quickly.
He said the Calgary Police Service needs to focus on getting more people out of shelters and into their own homes, while keeping a close eye on what’s happening at the shelter population.