Red Deer Minute: Taxi Cap, Symphony Support, and Budget Feedback Requested

Red Deer Minute: Taxi Cap, Symphony Support, and Budget Feedback Requested


Red Deer Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Red Deer politics


This Week In Red Deer:

  • The Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services Board will meet on Tuesday at 5:00 pm. The Board will receive a Program Specialist Report before heading into a closed session to discuss a Multi-Municipal Operating Agreement.

  • There will be a special meeting of the Housing and Homelessness Integration Committee on Wednesday at 5:00 pm. The Committee will discuss the Task Force on Homelessness Final Report and Recommendations, put together by the Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra (RDSO) is appealing for community support due to financial challenges. Despite a successful 2023-24 season featuring diverse musical performances and collaborations, the RDSO faces funding cuts and has launched an advocacy campaign for new operational funds. Historically supported by the City of Red Deer, recent policy changes have reduced available grants, impacting the orchestra's budget and programming. Donations to the RDSO are being accepted online.



Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Council approved a phased approach to lift the cap on taxi licenses over three years, starting with 15 additional licenses annually. The revised vehicle for hire bylaw also includes changes like replacing age-based vehicle restrictions with mechanical inspection requirements and simplifying the licensing process. Despite protests from some taxi drivers concerned about increased competition and potential industry challenges, Council took a solid step to make things a little easier for Red Deerians.

  • The City has launched an online dashboard to enhance transparency, share information, and report progress on its Strategic Plan. The dashboard is divided into three focus areas: Thriving City, Community Health & Wellbeing, and Engaged & Connected City, each with associated outcomes and indicators. This initiative marks the first formal monitoring and reporting process by the City, with baseline data collected in 2023. Updated quarterly and annually, the dashboard includes metrics from the 2023 Citizen Satisfaction Survey. You can view the dashboard here.

  • Red Deer has initiated public input for its 2025 budget through an online survey and participatory budget tools, aiming to understand citizens' priorities amid financial challenges. Facing financial pressures and a $16 million budget shortfall despite a 6.15% tax increase in 2024, the City is at least claiming to be exploring expense reductions to alleviate impacts on utility fees and property taxes in 2025. You can have your say online.




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  • Common Sense Red Deer
    published this page in News 2024-06-02 20:54:28 -0600