It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the Municipal Election!
We are now entering the most important period of this term - deliberations on the City of Edmonton’s four year, 2023-2026 capital, operating and utility budgets.
Providing Your Feedback for the Budget
Edmonton City Council will set these budgets before the end of 2022. Your input is extremely important ahead of these conversations. I invite you to participate in my budget survey by clicking here. The survey will close on December 1st.
I strongly encourage you to complete the above survey. Due to the high volume of inquiries around budget time, this survey is the most efficient way to provide feedback.
In addition I invite you to attend my virtual townhall on November 15th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - details are below.
Looking Back and What is to Come
While campaigning in 2021, I heard two main themes: uncertainty and concern regarding covid-related policies and restrictions, and the need to re-focus on core city services with strong emphasis on financial management.
Since the election, we have seen a relaxation of covid restrictions, and a need to properly address the economic and health aftereffects of those restrictions.
I have made a little progress on improving City services. A new snow clearing operations yard is under construction in Ambleside. Our road network is improving, with additional traffic lights and crosswalks in key locations, traffic calming measures in neighborhoods that have requested them, and ongoing improvements to Terwillegar Drive. On Demand Transit has been enhanced.
But I have heard your concerns, about snow clearing last winter, about the care of our open spaces last summer, about our downtown which continues to have profound challenges - and with a City Council that seems out of touch and out of sync with the residents we represent.
City Council has a difficult challenge ahead. We need to refocus on those services that you count on the City to provide. And we need to find a way to provide those services without big property tax increases.
The 2023-2026 Budget is the key document that will set the direction for the City for the next four years. Our highest priorities will be the things that receive the most financial support. The budget documents can be accessed by visiting edmonton.ca/city_government/budget-and-finances.
Virtual Townhall and Christmas Open House
Which is why I need your input. I invite you to attend my virtual townhall on November 15th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Details can be found on the Facebook event page or CLICK Here for the Zoom Link on Tuesday November 15th to join the meeting.
Lastly, I will be hosting a Christmas Open House on December 11th at the Ridge Community League. The event will occur from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
I hope to see you at one of these events! Thank you for allowing me to represent the residents of Southwest Edmonton.
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