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Mayor Iveson on Budget 2016-2018 - MasterMaq.ca Blog
As he did last year, Mayor Don Iveson hosted a lunchtime "editorial board" for some local bloggers at City Hall last week. We covered a range of issues during the lunch hour, including his proposal to cut the 1.5% neighbourhood renewal levy, the need for affordable housing, the latest on the City Charter and his alignment with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, and the ballooning Edmonton Police budget. Mayor Don Iveson discusses the budget with local bloggers Communicating about the budget It was suggested that public sentiment is that the City announces a high percentage tax increase and then Council works to bring it down throughout the budget process, looking like heroes in the process. Mayor Iveson rejected this notion. "It's not a game, it's us showing all the cards," he said. The City is "the most transparent order of government" according to Mayor Iveson. "If decisions were made in private, there'd be no cynicism," he continued. "But there's no cure for cynicism like participation!"