Private golf courses could see tax breaks if motion passed

Calgary golf courses could see their taxes trimmed by 20 per cent if a motion by Coun. Ward Sutherland is passed by council. Sutherland said courses inside the city are paying a large portion of their annual income in taxes because courses are taxed based on their annual property assessments, regardless of their seasonal operations. The city…

Source: Private golf courses could see tax breaks if motion passed

The quote above should read PRIVATE golf courses.  Public courses are owned by the City and are not taxed.

Golf courses are green space.  Protect them.

 

Calgary launches 2026 Olympic exploration bid website; million-dollar hosting plan [ie; party] underway

A potential bid may not face a lot of competition. Quebec City and Boston dropped out last year. No other cities in North America are in the running, so Calgary could be a shoo-in. But at what cost?

Source: Calgary launches 2026 Olympic exploration bid website; million-dollar hosting plan underway

SindlingerOther cities have dropped out, not because they don’t like sports, but because it costs money.  Our tax money – billions of tax dollars.

And forget about the “legacy” facilities.  The biggest “legacy” from the last Calgary Olympics was a rent-free, FREE NHL arena for the Flames.  Really.

The biggest “legacy” from a 2016 Calgary Olympics would be another FREE NHL arena for the Flames.

Calgary council still not there on Highland Park development | Metro Calgary

Administration to work more on green space in the former golf course

Source: Calgary council still not there on Highland Park development | Metro Calgary

“I don’t think anybody thinks this is a great plan,” said the mayor. “It’s between those who think this is as good as it’s going to get, and those who said it’s got to get better.”

Why are community wishes secondary to developer interests?

The Mayor has to do better than this.  After a similar debacle with Shawnee Slopes and University Heights, he said “the process was flawed from the start”.

So, given the repeated subjugation of community wishes to developers’ interests, why hasn’t the process been fixed Mr. Mayor?

Calgary Flames say stand-alone fieldhouse would cost city $260M

The owners of the Calgary Flames are estimating the costs of a stand-alone fieldhouse will be substantially higher than the city has projected.

Source: Calgary Flames say stand-alone fieldhouse would cost city $260M

Tom SindlingerThe Flames and an amateur sports group, arguing about how much new facilities would cost, neither of which have any expertise in the matter other than they would be the beneficiaries of taxpayer expenditures.  Whatever number they use, it is like when a child wants $1 it asks for $5.

And having seen many public undertakings over years, we know that final costs are always multiples of original estimates.