A brand new poll launched Monday means that regardless of the continuing, very public dispute over whether or not Calgary will quickly see development on a brand new arena, the difficulty gained’t sway many citizens on election day.
FULL COVERAGE: Calgary election 2017
The poll, carried out by Janet Brown and commissioned by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, requested Calgarians various questions, together with what they thought the only most vital situation going through the town was.
Taxes, money administration in highlight
Of the 300 individuals requested, 31 per cent mentioned taxes and money administration was the highest situation. Economy and jobs got here second at 23 per cent and the third most vital situation was infrastructure, coming in at 19 per cent.
The prospect of a brand new arena got here in at simply eight per cent.
Of the individuals who recognized taxes and money administration as the most important situation, 44 per cent mentioned they consider the town is overspending.
Calgarians are very a lot targeted on fiscal and financial points for the time being,” Brown mentioned.
“Issues that dominated discussion in the last municipal election, such as infrastructure, traffic congestion, affordable housing, and transit, are far down the list of concerns in 2017.”
Forty-two per cent got here from houses with a family earnings of $60,000 to $100,000 and 39 per cent have full-time jobs.
Economy and jobs
Many of the individuals who recognized jobs and the economic system as main points. Of these, 38 per cent have been aged 18 to 24. Thirty-two per cent dwell within the metropolis’s southwest and 34 per cent have college levels.
Of these individuals, 37 per cent got here from houses with a family earnings of more than $100,000.
Is the town overspending?
The subsequent query posed to respondents was whether or not they thought the town was mismanaging money — the bulk, 55 per cent, mentioned sure.
The majority of these polled mentioned they suppose the town wants to search out methods to spend more effectively.
“Moving forward, Calgarians want a city council that’s committed to efficient spending and keeping tax increases in check,” Brown mentioned.
Another 30 per cent mentioned the town is doing a great job with its spending. A small share, 11 per cent, mentioned the town is underspending and subsequently infrastructure and providers are struggling. Four per cent answered they didn’t know.
What about property taxes?
The majority of Calgarians polled, 57 per cent, mentioned they’d heard, seen or learn one thing within the information concerning the rising property taxes impacting companies exterior the downtown core.
Of that majority, 80 per cent mentioned they consider the town ought to take steps to ensure hikes resembling 150 to 200 per cent don’t occur once more. Fourteen per cent mentioned no, and one other six per cent mentioned they didn’t know.
When requested what the subsequent metropolis council and mayor would wish to focus on to handle a few of these considerations, Brown mentioned “they need to focus on their strategy for dealing with declining revenue brought on by the economic downturn.”
A pattern of 300 Calgarians aged 18 years and older have been contacted at random by phone – 50 per cent have been landline numbers and 50 per cent have been cellphones – between Sept. 19 and 25. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.7 per cent, 19 occasions out of 20.
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