I’ve told you about Calgary City Council’s double-dipping. First they tax you, then they take more money from you to run city owned businesses. But that’s not the end of it.
Through a Freedom of Information request, I’ve been able to review the City’s social media expenses and it turns out they’re also using your money to promote their businesses on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
It’s costing Calgarians hundreds of thousands of dollars.
They’re promoting city programs like art classes, camps for kids, the rental of wedding facilities and city owned golf courses.
It turns out the city runs one hundred and seventeen accounts on social media and are planning on training more staff to run these accounts 24/7.
It makes sense to promote information to the general public when it comes to bylaws and alerts that keep citizens informed in the case of emergency situations and special events of interest to the public. But the city views the purpose of their PR services as providing citizen satisfaction.
I say it’s about spending your money to entice you into these programs so they can get you to spend more of your money to fund their useless projects.
It’s a vicious cycle that city council just can’t seem to shake.