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People’s Agenda: Will our taxes be well-spent?
Join us on March 11 from noon to 1 pm for a discussion on concerns related to the City of Edmonton’s finances and what the mayor and councillors to be elected this fall can and should do about them.

Host Chris Chang-Yen Phillips will tee up the conversation with the help of Taproot publisher Mack Male, who will apply his knowledge from years of observing City Hall to explain how the budget works, what kinds of spending decisions city council makes, and what challenges we can anticipate in the 2021-25 term. Then we’ll invite you to join in a deeper discussion of the issues.

This is the first in a series of conversations prompted by the People’s Agenda, a document we are compiling based on the responses to this question: What key issue do you want the candidates to talk about as they compete for votes in the 2021 municipal election, and why?

A number of responses so far have coalesced around concerns about the city’s finances. We heard from people who are worried about waste and don’t want taxes to go up. We also heard from people who feel the city should prioritize its spending differently — for example, to shift budget dollars away from the police and towards social services. Some also expressed concerns about provincial funding cuts at a time when the pandemic has increased needs on a number of municipal files.

Closed captioning will be available. Taproot will cover the events, but we will not quote you by name without your permission.

Candidates are welcome, but please take the opportunity to listen rather than to campaign.

The series continues throughout March and April:

• March 18: Will Edmonton be a good place to live?
• March 25: Will city council have integrity?
• April 1: Will we be able to move around the city easily?
• April 8: Will we spend less on police?
• April 15: Will we house everyone?
• April 22: Will we act on climate change?
• April 29: Will we build our city intelligently?

Mar 11, 2021 11:30 AM in Edmonton

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