New report tracks council votes on taxes

Global News

CALGARY- Monday marks nomination day, and a new report has been released ahead of the official unveiling of who plans to run for city council.

The Manning Foundation looked at how the current council voted on taxes, to try and help voters make an informed choice.

“It is kind of nice we have somebody keeping track, and there’s always two sides to any statistics…and stats and lies,” says Calgary’s John McCormack, who plans to vote in the October election.

The report factored in 73 decisions between November 2010 and April 2013, rating councillors on who is the most taxpayer friendly.

For example, it found Ward 10’s Andre Chabot votes to keep taxes lower 75 per cent of the time, compared to Ward 7’s Druh Farrell who is only worried about the bottom line 16 per cent of the time.

However, the mayor says the statistics are useless.

“To look at…

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