May 02, 2017

FOI docs reveal high cost of promoting Calgary City Hall’s “vanity projects”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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.

It’s one thing to have a spending problem, but it’s another to have a spending problem and use taxpayers money to fund that spending problem.

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commented 2017-05-02 18:55:01 -0400
It’s like every body has to pay the local Hooker for her makeup, even us who don’t use her services, and don’t even like her
commented 2017-05-02 12:48:14 -0400
Peter writes "A government spending tax payer money like a teenager who has his parents’ credit card in not unusual. It is mainly, but not exclusively, a characteristic of left-leaning governments. " Perhaps true but it seems to be just a nice academicy generalization. It avoids any regard to accountability. If you don’t like the decisions Calgary Council is making, then ask “Who” makes and approves these decisions.
commented 2017-05-02 12:02:20 -0400
A government spending tax payer money like a teenager who has his parents’ credit card in not unusual. It is mainly, but not exclusively, a characteristic of left-leaning governments.