City politicians wrestle over what to do with multi-million dollar tax refund
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City politicians wrestle over what to do with multi-million dollar tax refund

Members of Calgary city council will gather Monday for the first time since the flood.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is expected to ask his council colleagues to support a motion to use a provincial tax windfall for flood recovery.

Estimates indicate the June flood caused more than $250-million in damage to city infrastructure.

Before the flood, Calgarians were asked for their input on what to do with a $52-million tax refund from the province.

Options ranged from investing in transit, to giving people a tax break.

A poll suggested most Calgarians wanted the money returned to them.

Ward 4 Alderman, Gael McLeod, says before they decide what to do with the cash, they should try and find out how much damage from the flood will be covered by the provincial and federal governments.

Monday’s council meeting is being held at city offices in the northeast, because damage from the June flood at the municipal building has yet to be fixed.