Property taxes in Airdrie have risen more than 20 per cent in the past five years, with a whopping 8.47 per cent in 2019. Governments are the only "business" that can increase its revenue on demand and expect its clients (the taxpayer) to pay it since they have no other options. Our provincial government has finally seen the light and are introducing a time of spending restraint. City management and council should follow their lead and show some restraint in 2020's budget process. Four per cent average annual tax increase is way too much, especially during a recession and with inflation running at only two per cent. We need council to set aside any pet projects they may be considering, and City management needs to look at every department and see where savings may be made.