Savings—in terms of time and tax dollars—can sometimes be found in the simplest of places: All you have to do is look. Many groups get involved when Council meets. Administration, the public, the media, and many others all have a vested interest in Council meetings. Everyone’s time is valuable and some of it costs taxpayers money. Peter proposed a motion asking Council to dig deeper for savings by reviewing Council’s schedule.
The City of Calgary is funded with your money, so you should be able to see where it is being spent. Peter has succeeded in having City of Calgary employee salaries disclosed to the public.
Sometimes you need to take some flack for doing what you know is right. While some have expressed concern about the city’s plan for the new green carts and composting, Peter has remained consistent in defence and support of this wise investment. Not only will it save on the cost of the overall management of the Calgary’s waste, but it will cut the cost of the City’s water treatment, and produce a sellable product. It also means that more land can be used for the enjoyment of Calgarians instead of as landfills or waste water treatment plants. In the short term the savings will be in the millions; just imagine the long term savings.
Under Peter’s guidance the Cut Red Tape Committee has evolved into a permanent incubator where innovative, cost-cutting ideas can grow into enduring assets for the taxpayers of Calgary.