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Sustaining our Neighbourhood Renewal Program

One of our City government’s basic responsibilities is delivering the core services you need right where you live. That includes the timely and reliable upgrades of your streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters—things that truly impact how you experience daily life in Edmonton.

As part of my Core Services and Maintenance platform pillar, I’m making a commitment to the protection and preservation of our Neighborhood Renewal Program—a program that I helped establish in 2009 as a City Councillor. This initiative remains one of my proudest City Council achievements. Here’s why:

  • It works. Now fully funded through a dedicated tax levy, it ensures that our Edmonton neighbourhoods are repaired when they are due. It’s the kind of long-term, reliable, sustainable funding model so often touted by governments but so seldom delivered.
  • It is tailored to the specific needs of each of our neighbourhoods, accounting for major necessary upgrades and rebuilds in some areas, and preventative maintenance in others.
  • It gets the job done. The program was designed to improve more than 300 neighbourhoods within 30 years (by 2039). As of March 2018, the program had completed neighbourhood-wide work in 129 neighbourhoods and partial work in 108 neighbourhoods for a total of 237 projects.

As a Councillor, I led the charge in the development and implementation of this Neighbourhood Renewal Program. Our City’s prior, reactive approach offered too little, too late, allowing neighbourhoods to fall into costly disrepair. This old approach was as fiscally irresponsible as it was unacceptable in its impact to our residents’ standard of living.

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program is a living example of the kind of balanced and bold thinking I bring to the table—something we need to see in our next Mayor. As the first of its kind in Canada, this is an innovative and transparent program that challenged the status quo—and in doing so, resulted in better outcomes for Edmontonians. Most importantly, though, it has improved the quality of life in our city. What I’ve been hearing from our citizens is that they love seeing when their neighbourhood is up for renewal, knowing when the streets and sidewalks in front of their houses will get the attention they need. And when we’re looking at the realities of our city’s bottom line—something our next Mayor and Council will be doing a lot—the funding model for neighbhourhood renewal is a resounding success. As of the current 2019-2022 Capital Budget, there is no need for additional tax levies or grant subsidies from other orders of government.

This is the kind of thoughtful, cost-effective, strategic, and long-term thinking I delivered for Edmonton while I was on Council, and exactly what you can expect from me as your next Mayor.

I am the only candidate who has a proven track record of getting real results for Edmonton. I need your support on October 18.

I am Kim Krushell, and I am for Edmonton.