Municipal Advocacy: Rebalancing the Property Tax
Structural Changes Needed to Calgary’s Property Tax System
For the past four years the City of Calgary has been struggling to come up with a long-term, stable solution to deal with the ongoing property tax situation.
High vacancy rates in the downtown core have shifted the tax burden to businesses outside the downtown core. These, often small businesses, are seeing double digit increases in their tax bills, creating an environment filled with uncertainty.
The Chamber has been advocating for structural changes to the tax system including three changes to create a more equitable tax base:
- Reduce the non-residential to residential tax ratio from 4.2:1 to 3.1:1 by the end of the current council’s term in 2021 and commit to further reductions by 2023.
- Reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of local government.
- Sell city-owned land.
Below are links to the advocacy work we’ve done. It includes:
- The presentation we prepared, in consultation with experts and the business community, and shared with Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary City Council
- Press Releases
- Policy Papers
- Media Coverage
- November 13, 2019: Chamber Position on Non-Residential Property Taxes
- April 8, 2019: Property Tax Decision Fails to Provide Needed Business Certainty, Long-Term Solution
- March 4, 2019: City Targets to Address Rising Business Property Taxes Insufficient
- January 22, 2019: Business Growth a Top Priority for Calgarians, Survey Shows
- Blog: Dive Deeper – Calgary’s Property Tax System at a Crucial Crossroads
- Presentation: Rebalancing the Property Tax
- Blog: Calgary’s Property Tax System to be Tested Once Again
- Blog: City Hall Must Fix Structural Problem with the Property Tax System
- Blog: City of Calgary Property Tax update
- Video: A Conversation on Property Tax with Trevor Tombe
- Op-ed: Open Letter to the Mayor of Calgary, City Councillors, and all Calgarians
- Blog: Property Taxes Continue to Add Uncertainty for Calgary Business
- Blog: Council’s New Proposal Does Not Fix Property Tax System
- Blog: The Future of Calgary’s Property Taxes
- Blog: 2019-2022 City of Calgary Budget Submission
- November 12, 2019: ‘Conviction and Leadership’ Needed on City Tax Shift Dilemma
- November 12, 2019: Calgary Chamber Wants to See Leadership on City’s Tax Shift Dilemma
- Op-ed: Federal, Provincial Leadership Needed to Help Calgary Address Burgeoning Business Property Tax Problem
- Blog: 2019 Property Tax Relief: A Big Win For Your Business