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Excess municipal spending cost your household $1,625 in 2016, and the equivalent of $9,471 over 2006 – 2016. Your alarm bells should be going off. 

Alberta Real Operating Spending and Population Growth, 2006-2016

Source: CFIB calculations, Municipal Affairs, Alberta Government, 2006-2016

In fact, cities are spending way faster than their tax base is growing. Between 2006 and 2016, municipal real operating spending in Alberta grew nearly 3 times faster than population growth. 

Simply put: taxpayers cannot continue to absorb unsustainably high municipal costs. 

The 2018 Alberta Municipal Spending Report examines 182 municipalities in Alberta, with a specific focus on the largest 20. We are calling on municipal governments to find ways to cut back on spending to help promote a more business friendly environment for local entrepreneurs like you. 

Recommendations for government include:

  • Limit spending to inflation and population growth;
  • Ensure small businesses are not disproportionately burdened by commercial property taxes;
  • Review core services for local government;
  • Where cost efficient, services are contracted to the private sector;
  • Sustainable wage policy for public sector wage, compensation, and hiring;
  • Appropriate contingency funds are put in place in case of natural disasters.

Read full report 2018 Alberta Municipal Spending Report.