Prosperity Edmonton is a group of associations representing various parts of the business community in Edmonton. Association members include restaurants, retail outlets, construction and manufacturing companies – in other words, the diverse mix of businesses who work every day in Edmonton. We are concerned about the ever-escalating set of costs imposed on the people and businesses of Edmonton, which in combination are making it more and more diicult for households and businesses to thrive, invest, and stay in Edmonton.
When continual property tax increases are layered over the many other tax and regulatory increases imposed by all three orders of government, the result is an environment which stifles investment, discourages job creators, and ultimately decreases opportunities and prosperity for the people of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
We urge Edmonton City Council, in its upcoming budget, to hold the line on spending and work harder to find efficiencies to fund new priorities rather than resorting to tax increases.
The federal and provincial governments have constitutional responsibility for the provision of many services — some of which the City also provides or augments. The City could save on its expenses by ensuring that the services it provides are not a duplication of services provided by other orders of government, as well as by ensuring it is not paying costs that are the legitimate responsibility of other orders of government.
Another way that the City can refrain from providing services that are more appropriately provided by others is by taking a close look at what businesses it is in. Many City programs could be, or are already, better provided by non-profit and private organizations. Some areas to explore would be recreation centres, communications, waste collection, property management and land development.
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Prosperity Edmonton said 73 per cent of those who participated in its Leger poll wanted a hold on tax increases, and 51 per cent believed
Members of Edmonton City Council had to rush to city hall Friday morning for an unscheduled meeting to solidify funding priorities and what it wants
We have written two letters to Edmonton’s Mayor and Council, explaining to them the need for some respite for Edmonton homes and businesses from the long-term pattern of property tax increases.
If you want to learn more about how we arrived at our numbers you can dig into the documents here.
Prosperity Edmonton was formed by a group of businesses and non-profit business associations who share a common goal of ensuring that Edmonton has a competitive
tax and policy climate where businesses and people can grow and flourish.