Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Taxpayers Group Urges Calgary Mayor, Councillors to Take Pay Cut to Lower Taxes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Taxpayers Group Urges Calgary Mayor, Councillors to Take Pay Cut to Lower Taxes

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Calgary civic leaders urged to take pay cut

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CALGARY - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Calgary's civic leaders are getting paid too much at a time when other Calgarians are struggling due to a slowdown in the oilpatch.

The taxpayers group suggests city councillors should take a five per cent pay cut and Mayor Naheed Nenshi should shave his salary by 10 per cent.

It also recommends the city should push for a five per cent rollback for all municipal government employees in future contract negotiations.

The taxpayers federation says the reductions would save $119 million next year, which could be used to lower property taxes by almost 2.6 per cent.

A City of Calgary website says the mayor's total salary is more than $218,000 a year, while councillors get over $116,313.

The taxpayers group says city documents show salaries, wages, overtime and benefits account for 45 per cent of Calgary's tax-supported expenditures. …

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