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Today is the #yxe election, again, so I'm going to talk about one of my favourite subjects: taxes.

In particular, "why are my taxes going up every year faster than inflation in Saskatoon?"

The short answer? Because your parents made poor decisions.
The long answer is a bit harder. We're suffering from an infrastructure debt common to many cities our size and age that's the result of rapid growth in the 50's-70's, a false assumption that low taxes increased competitiveness, poor density planning up until the last decade,
and a massive shift in infrastructural load (because of population movement) from rural districts to urban districts.

Let's look at each of those in turn.
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*NEW*

Follow news of tonight's vote here.

Saskatoon city council slated to vote Monday night on contentious affordable housing project

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
The public hearing has started. All councillors are present. Follow along here: saskatoon.ca/city-hall/city… #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
"This is our last public hearing meeting of council," Mayor Charlie Clark says. Civic election is on Nov. 9 #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
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Tonight's public hearing on Camponi Housing's rezoning request is worth following.

STORY: Some concerns about Métis-led housing project in Saskatoon reflect 'antiquated view' on inclusion: developer:

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
You can stream the public hearing on the city website here: saskatoon.ca/city-hall/city… Meeting starts at 6. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
Ward 3 councillor Ann Iwanchuk wants to put off the decision. She said she has no issues with the project itself and Camponi is a good company, but the process is moving fast and residents have many unanswered questions. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
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Last evening around 8:50 pm @cityofsaskatoon parking enforcement vehicle was parked in Walmart parking lot. Why are taxpayers' money being ruined for personal work? I remember back in 2018, when I asked extra @stoontransit on odd hours; I was told city doesn't money. #yxe #yxecc
*city doesn't have enough money*
When someone can't pay for @stoontransit fares who would be kicked out from the bus or warned despite in the extreme cold weather situations; I faced same situations, too.#ICYDK all city's properties owned by taxpayers': they don't belong to a single person. #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc
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#Saskatoon mayoral candidate Don Atchison held a rail-line-and-BRT-themed news conference. Says his personal charisma would help convince rail companies to move lines. Critical of cost of BRT. Supports higher-frequency buses under existing system. #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes Image
Has a cheery outlook on moving the rail lines despite this abysmal recent temperature check with CP and CN: cbc.ca/news/canada/sa… #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes #saskatoon
Given the McCallum COVID story, I asked Atchison if he would automatically self-isolate if he was told he came in contact with a positive case and was getting tested, no matter whether Health tells him he needs to self-iso. Yes, he said #saskatoon #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
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UPDATE:

Ward 3 candidate Chris Sicotte says his COVID-19 test came back negative and that he'll continue his campaign in the #saskatoon 2020 election. #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc
Sicotte says he was told to remain in self-isolation until midnight Wednesday as a precaution. #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc #saskatoon Image
UPDATE: Saskatoon mayoral candidate Rob Norris' COVID-19 test came back negative. Norris had been at Sept. 9 fundraiser with Metis Nation president Glen McCallum, who later tested positive. #skpoli #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc #saskatoon
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FACT CHECK: Is Norris' proposed Saskatoon library re-vote even doable?

Maybe, says former city solicitor

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

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9 people other than *Norris said they would vote "yes," including candidates running in 7 distinct wards. 3 respondents said "no." Some people didn't say either way. Some questioned the premise of saying "yes" or "no" at this stage of uncertainty #yxecc #yxe #saskatoon #skpoli Image
My story has comments from everybody who responded. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli cbc.ca/news/canada/sa… Image
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I've asked all #Saskatoon election candidates, yes or no, if they'd join mayoral contender Rob Norris in voting yes to rescind the $67.5M in SPL board borrowing for a new downtown library (should they be elected, of course). I'll update the results here as I get more. #yxe #yxecc Image
UPDATE:
The yes or no question I asked was “If you were elected, would you also vote to rescind the decision?” //// Many people elaborated; my final piece will include those elaborations //// For now, I’m just interested in the numbers #yxevotes #yxecc #yxe #saskatoon #skpoli Image
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*NEW*

It was a packed day for Saskatoon's mayoral election race.

Catch up with the latest:

Clark decries 'politics of fear,' says Norris slate would cause 'political gridlock' at Saskatoon council

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

#yxe #yxevotes #yxecc #saskatoon #skpoli
"If you spend your campaign trying to undermine your future colleagues, you can make whatever promises you want," Clark said. "But good luck getting them to vote for any of your proposals if you make it to the other side."
Norris, who has previously denied that he is running a slate, said the persistent claim is "nonsense" and "disappointing."
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*NEW*

Friday dinner, forum for Saskatoon mayoral candidates an early test of COVID-era campaigning

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

#yxevotes #yxecc #yxe #saskatoon #skpoli
Here's the invite.

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Organizer Ejaz Shah says attendance will be strictly capped at 30. No buffet. Dinner to be served by staff. #yxevotes #yxecc #yxe #saskatoon #skpoli
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At his official campaign launch event just now, Mayor Charlie Clark said he’s seen “the politics of fear creep into this election” to an extent he hasn’t seen before. Also signs of a slate, which he also noted with concern. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #skpoli #saskatoon Image
Also signs of other candidates wanting to move backwards on already-approved projects, he said. #yxe #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes #skpoli
Contender Don Atchison held his own news conference earlier. Said he wants a “pause” on downtown Library project. Clark just now said that reversing council’s decision on the borrowing could entwine the city in potential financial risks, such as lawsuits. #yxevotes #yxe #yxecc
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Saskatoon Police releases draft 2021 budget of $115M, its first amid calls to 'defund' service
cbc.ca/news/canada/sa… #yxe #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes #skpoli Image
The capital budget calls for 25 body cams to be deployed in 2021, at a cost of $491,000. #yxe #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes #skpoli
Police Chief Troy Cooper said that "in an age of surveillance and social media clips," the cameras could help "officers in the community have best evidence perspective on serious cases." #yxe #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes #skpoli
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SASKATOON VOTES:

We have ourselves a tax-themed war of attrition among #Saskatoon mayoral candidates. #yxevotes #yxe #skpoli Image
There was Norris' nothing-above-1-% thing yesterday, and Charlie Clark sent an email update saying "2020 and 2021 will have the lowest tax increases in a decade, despite record investments in fixing roads, sidewalks, and waterlines." #yxe #yxecc #saskatoon #yxevotes
UPDATE: Busy day today. See below. Zielke had said he would formally launch his mayoral campaign at the end of summer. #yxevotes #yxecc #yxe #saskatoon Image
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UPDATE: So at 11:15 this morning -- just an hour and a half after Don Atchison formally declares his bid to return to the mayor's seat -- fellow mayoral candidate Rob Norris will advocate to have the currently-planned downtown library project "shelved." #skpoli #yxe #yxecc Image
Second half of Norris' library release. #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc #saskatoon #skpoli Image
About the new library. Some news:
- design RFP expected next month
- winner to be selected in November
- Budget is now $134M, after council shaved $20M from borrowing limit
- still planned for 2022 opening
- some spaces to be reduced #yxe #yxevotes #yxecc #saskatoon #skpoli
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Don Atchison to announce comeback Saskatoon mayoral campaign Friday: sources

cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…

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Clark's campaign team said he would respond after Atchison's speech on Friday. #yxecc #yxe #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
Dale Richardson, Rob Norris's campaign manager, said Atchison's decision to enter the race is "a pretty interesting choice for a guy that's polling at roughly nine, 10 per cent, according to the numbers that we have." #yxecc #yxe #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
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