The City of Edmonton makes poor financial decisions. If you look at my previous audit of capital projects ($100m+), things are clearly a mess. We are paying billions of dollars over budget, yes projects are years behind.
Figure 1: Major Capital Projects ($100M+) completing since 2015
If you look at the hiring practices of managers and professional consultants, the problem is equally as bad.
I have been growing concerned over the past several years that our core services are being neglected in favour of a growing bureaucracy. This includes big salaries for middle managers and lucrative consulting contracts. This reduces our city’s ability to pay for the core services that Edmontonians rely on.
If someone says to you, the only two solutions are to cut services or raise taxes, they are lying to you.
If someone says to you, the only two solutions are to cut services or raise taxes, they are not telling the whole truth.