Councillor Andrew Knack
Like many of you, I’ve been staying home as much as possible, including working from home. For those of you not able to do this as your job is deemed an essential service, my sincere appreciation for the work you are doing to keep our city safe and functioning.
We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19 in some form or another. I thought I’d take this opportunity to speak about the impact this has had on the business community here in Edmonton, and Stony Plain Road and area in particular.
City council voted to reduce this year’s planned property tax increase, which was initially set to increase by 2.08% in 2020. The average residential taxpayer will experience no increase (0%) and the average non-residential taxpayer will experience a 2% decrease. We recognize the importance of our business community and understand the incredible challenges they face as we progress through this pandemic.
While we continue to work on ways we can support local businesses here in Edmonton, I’d encourage you to also find ways that can support the businesses in your community. You can find a list of businesses on the Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association website which include shops, services, and restaurants. If we all do what we can to choose local, this goes a long way to supporting our neighbours in the business community who are struggling to survive the pandemic. I have seen numerous examples of businesses finding solutions and innovative ways to continue offering their services at this time. I am continually inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Edmontonians.
I know many people have experienced a loss in some way due to the global pandemic. People have had to cancel or postpone important events and plans with family and friends, businesses have had to close – some permanently – families have had to adjust to learning and working from home, and others have lost their employment. I know this is a very difficult time, and I will work as best I can to ensure we’re taking care of each other and our most vulnerable during this time. If you would like to contact me about this or any other topic, feel free to reach out to me any time.Andrew Knack
City Councillor – Ward 1