Calgary City Council loves to spend money, but never on the things the city needs.
We have the ridiculous public art features like the blue ring, that metal structure that burnt that lady’s coat and “poop palace” – the lift station that moves wastewater from low lying to high areas, fitted with LED lights that change colour.
They waste millions on decorative light fixtures and don’t even get me started on the City Hall renovations featuring bathrooms complete with Italian tile.
We’ve become accustomed to Calgary City Council wasting our tax dollars, but the one thing that wouldn’t be a waste is upgrading our horrible transit system.
If you live here, you know what I mean. Depending on what area you live in, it could take three buses and a couple of hours of your time to get downtown on a good day. Some areas desperately need an easier route to the train system, as inefficient as it is, and that’s where the Calgary Green Line comes in.
But there’s one problem – there’s not enough money to build it.
The entire project was estimated to cost approximately $4.5B but a recent figure suggests it will go over budget and could cost up to $6B. So far, the City has pledged $1.56B and the feds are good for $1.53B while the NDP haven’t made any commitments besides a joint $250M with the feds even though the city has applied for funding under the Green Transit Incentives Program.
But why is the city so hard up for money for this project?
Well, it’s because of the overspending I’ve been talking about and it all comes at a cost to Calgarians when the city continues to spend on wants and not needs.
The city could afford this essential project if they’d only reign in their spending but they won’t because it’s the same old, same old at City Hall and the only way things will change is if Calgarians vote against the overtaxing and overspending elites on council this October.
And the only way that’s going to happen is if Calgarians wake up to the ways of our municipal politicians.