Airdrie’s growth a blessing, curse
Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:28 am
It’s official, Airdrie’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate. See story on page 1.
The 2014 census shows 54,891 residents now call Airdrie home. This is a 10.76 per cent increase over last year and the highest increase since 2009 when we saw a 11.65 per cent increase in population.
Although we are flattered that more and more residents are realizing how great it is to call this wonderful city home, as Mayor Peter Brown mentioned, with growth comes growing pains.
The City of Airdrie is doing a great job keeping up with improvements and upgrades to infrastructure. See related story on page 4.
However, when roughly 5,000 new residents move to Airdrie in one year, it is nearly impossible to please everyone.
Add to this the fact that the City annexed 12,000 acres of land, including 714 residents and 230 dwellings in 2012 and it is clear City officials will have their work cut out for them to ensure there are enough police officers, firefighters, municipal enforcement personnel, building inspectors and much, much more.
The City must also take into consideration the need for more schools, firehalls, fire trucks, recreation centres, parks, roads and more.
Each of these items comes with a hefty price tag and although more people means a larger tax, it also means higher taxes.
One benefit from the increase in population is the fact that it may attract more businesses to set up shop here. This will diversify the tax base and help pay for some of those much-needed services.