By Noel Keough And Bob Morrison, For The Calgary Herald
October 13th, 2009
Late last month, city council hit Calgarians with a tax hike of at least $2 billion and probably much more. This wasn’t an increase in the budget. It wasn’t an increase to pay for an emergency or somebody’s pet project.
Instead, a majority of council, led by Mayor Dave Bronconnier, slipped the tax increase by us with a surprise amendment to the new Municipal Development Plan (MDP). They didn’t consult with the public. They didn’t even discuss the impact on our taxes — either because they had no idea of the financial magnitude of their decision or they wanted us kept in the dark.