Letters, Might 2: Metropolis area deal has taxpayers responding furiously

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Re: New area deal costlier than the unique, Opinion, April 26

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It’s obscure who was representing the Calgary taxpayers on this new $1.22-billion area deal.

In 2019, CSEC and town agreed to every pay $275 million for a constructing costing $550 million, which was to be owned by town. In December 2021, the deal was off with CSEC citing extra challenge prices.

Now, because of prolonged negotiations between the events, Calgary taxpayers battle to see the rationale of town choosing up the tab of $537.5 million and the Flames possession group solely choosing up the prices for the brand new challenge of $356 million over a 35-year interval.

Since many Calgarians will not be all for attending a Flames recreation, taxpayers must be asking no matter occurred to the equal share of prices idea proposed in 2019?

Metropolis favours particular personal enterprise

The Calgary Flames and Calgary Sports activities and Leisure Corp. are each personal enterprises, which got first possibility on varied city-owned lands near the positioning of the brand new area and leisure centre. So, as traditional, town is ruled by the affect of particular privately owned corporations and builders. Maybe there are a number of different events that now really feel snubbed by a missed enterprise alternative. Briefly, the latest unanimous metropolis council resolution exhibits that free enterprise shouldn’t be its goal. Kurt J. Hansen, Calgary

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Politicians serve self-interests

I believe town’s millionaires are laughing on the financially inept and determined politicians who “negotiated” this area deal.

Mayor Jyoti Gondek will fully drain Calgary’s reserve fund, get no property tax income and danger extra taxpayer cash when it runs over price range, all earlier than the even bigger inexperienced line LRT will get going.

Premier Danielle Smith’s motivation can be a determined try to purchase Calgary votes with their very own cash. Her almost weekly giveaway bulletins make the NDP appear like amateurs.

The provincial election is rarely about one difficulty, however this one ideas the steadiness for me, to anybody who will cease this taxpayer prepare wreck.

Ken Brandt, Calgary

Secrecy taints the deal

I’m assured NDP Chief Rachel Notley is true — there are facets of the occasion centre deal which can be distasteful and particulars is not going to be revealed, conveniently, till after the election. That is rather like town holding again its poor price range till after the Olympic vote. All meant to deceive.

I’ve but to see considered one of these “offers” present the financing value to town, which runs within the tens of tens of millions. Allow us to bear in mind all residents of Calgary are being requested to pay for this centre however solely the prosperous can afford to go.

I feel it’s beneficiant sufficient for town to provide the Flames the land for a hockey area, so allow them to construct it and town can take care of an occasion centre.

Ivor Inexperienced, Calgary