December 17, 2013 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Airdrie home and business owners continue to be in an enviable situation when it comes to value for their tax dollar. Alberta Municipal Affairs released the latest Financial Indicator Report showing Airdrie again has the lowest average net municipal property taxes per capita of the six communities in their group by an increasingly widening gap – 34 per cent lower than the median.
According to the report, Airdrie also has the lowest expenditures per capita in nearly every category, while maintaining a very high overall citizen satisfaction rate of 96 per cent.
“These most recent benchmarks provide audited, verifiable third-party information that indicates that Airdrie is a municipality, delivering quality services significantly below average cost,” says Dorian Kachur, Business Strategy Team Leader, City of Airdrie.
Airdrie’s comparison group is the five other Alberta mid-sized cities: Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, St. Albert and Grande Prairie. The population range is from 46,000 to 92,000. Airdrie’s total operating expenditures per capita are less than the group median by a substantial 35 per cent margin.
This statistic is particularly meaningful, as while each municipality delivers services differently (for example, a contracted service versus their own staffed service), each delivers essentially the same services or basket of goods. All of those costs, regardless of delivery method, are captured in the total operating expenditures for every municipality.
“Residents can be proud of their City leading the way in being a responsible and economically sound community,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “I would like to commend staff across the board for their commitment to managing our tax dollars efficiently and effectively."
Highlights from the report show Airdrie far below the median per capita cost in all major categories including:
- 32 per cent lower than the median in salaries, wages and benefits
- 63 per cent lower than the median in spending on materials, goods, supplies and utilities
- 46 per cent lower than the median in expenditures on contracted and general services
- 33 per cent lower than the median in long term debt
- 34 per cent lower than the median on transportation expenditures
Business Strategy Team Leader
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