February 23, 2017

Overspending “elites” at City Hall can’t afford Calgary Green Line Transit upgrades

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2017-02-24 18:12:43 -0500
Sally Citizen – Michelle Rempel would be great as the mayor of Calgary. She’d certainly get my vote! At least she has a degree in economics, and experience in government.
commented 2017-02-24 14:06:03 -0500
BTW , Holly, you’re reporting is great.
commented 2017-02-24 14:05:20 -0500
Lloyd Nolan, YESssssssss!!!, what are we doing voting in the other guys! Who thinks a LIBERAL mayor is the right fit for Calgary?? Please, please, please, vote in a Conservative mayor for Calgary!
commented 2017-02-24 14:02:06 -0500
I have to agree with Regan, the millions of $$$$ spent on so called “art” is crazy. Who on earth approved those projects? Horrible eyesore, not in anyway what I would consider art. I hope we get a new mayor, maybe Michelle Rempell? That would be great!
commented 2017-02-24 01:33:22 -0500
What? How can we run out of other peoples money?
commented 2017-02-23 17:51:26 -0500
This will just give the Purple Pudge an excuse to raise fees / levies / taxes on the specious argument that because the Green Line is crucial, therefore the tax payers will understand when they are asked to dig deeper. All for the public good, not a spending issue, simply a revenue shortfall. Nothing to see here, pay up and move along please.

Hope like hell this windbag gets the heave-ho, I’ve never voted for him. Biggest mayoral phony I’ve seen, and we’ve had some doozies.
commented 2017-02-23 16:40:17 -0500
Last election was a civic shame. The Mayor’s 1st test will be graded from coast to coast to coast. #coasting
commented 2017-02-23 16:06:04 -0500
Calgary , just for once in the last 60 yrs , vote in a conservative mayor , or wait util the city is totally bankrupt and insolvent ,and then vote in a conservative or common sense mayor
commented 2017-02-23 15:54:03 -0500
What is passing as art these days is disgusting, and an insult to the tax payers. I think all public art should be voted on by the public, not some snob who supposedly volunteers to be on the committee, or is hand picked by some politician.
I hope Calgarians remember that this is an election year, and after last year’s tax grab, Nenshi has got to go. And let’s make sure he pays his legal bill for having a big mouth, in full, before his final cheque is cut.
Nenshi is attacking businesses this year, but you can bet that if reelected, he will stick it to home owners next year, and will jump on the bandwagon for sanctuary status.
Next to the false climate tax grab, sanctuary status is just another globalist attack on democracy.
commented 2017-02-23 15:05:44 -0500
Sorry Ralph. They pissed it away. Again.
commented 2017-02-23 14:34:51 -0500
5 billion cost would mean they would have to spend millions and millions on art like the blue hoop. and the mess along the banks of the bow river(art) it looks like a lumber truck flipped and no one cleaned it up. Calgary transit sucks I ride it several days per month and those who proclaim how great it is DO NOT USE IT. During the last snow storm the down town had snow covered sidewalks and LRT platforms for several days they were not cleared. BUT THE EMPTY BIKE PATHS WERE CLEARED,
commented 2017-02-23 14:18:24 -0500
Of course the city council cannot afford the transit upgrades! They have to use that money for superfluous projects.