Accountable Municipal Government
For the Benefit of All Taxpayers
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
St. Albert Community Hall
A St. Albert where all
can afford to live:
Taxes are affordable AND Municipal
spending is in the best interest of the
majority of taxpayers rather than
special interest groups.
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Did you know that....
From 2002 to 2009;
Total spending on City operations increased 92% to $121 million
Staff levels increased over 53% to 536 permanent positions
Total salaries increased 109% to $52 million
Cost of contract services increased 123% to $20 million
City debt obligations increased 302% to $71 million
Future interest costs increased 270% to $29 million
To cover these increases the City increased revenues from residential
and non-residential property taxes by almost 92%!
At the same time;
St. Albert’s population grew by only 11%, and
The number of dwellings increased by only 3.3%
St. Albert City spending is outpacing growth and is getting out of
control! Growth in City spending since 2002 is unsustainable!
St. Albert Taxpayers Association wants Council and the
Take steps to slow runaway growth in spending on City operations
Identify and prioritize “must-have” spending initiatives, and focus
future spending on core needs
Eliminate spending on “nice-to-have” projects until taxpayers can
absorb the additional tax burden
Ensure new discretionary capital projects are economically
feasible without taxpayer subsidies
Improve project management methods and cost controls to
eliminate project cost over-runs
Consult with residents on their vision of St. Albert before
launching new initiatives
Acknowledge and capitalize on St. Albert’s proximity to Edmonton
and area attractions, and don't develop projects and programs
that compete with them
Require developers to pay up front infrastructure costs
Accept that the taxpayers' pockets are empty!
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