It is time for you to decide who should make the important decisions that govern our lives. Several incumbents are running and you now get to decide if they earned your vote or if new candidates have better qualifications and campaigns that deserve your vote.
We will highlight the issues that are important to all of us and remind you of how incumbents voted on important issues.
We have also included the campaign material from the 2018 election so you could check whether the 2018 elected candidates fulfilled their campaign promises.
There are other resources we will provide links to and will also publish candidates’ campaign material.
This is your chance to decide how our Town and County should be governed.
Some candidates believe spending more will get them elected. They try to entice voters with their expensive campaign promises that they will fulfil once elected. Spending more is the easy way (we think of it as lazy) that requires no thinking.
Ask candidates to explain how they will do better.
In the last election, candidates focused on how they would improve public engagement. In this election, very little mention is made of public engagement. We think it is very important and do not believe Council has been successful in establishing a true public engagement process.
Let’s talk about public engagement and public consultation and what the differences are.
This is a contentious issue, and we are not here to debate the issue. We want to provide you with some information to think about and let you decide. Mayor Henderson is proposing hiring a Climate Change Officer. Why?
We seem to never get it right when it comes to transit. We keep throwing money at transit hoping that this will solve the problem. It doesn’t. It is no surprise that some candidates as part of their election platform are talking about a transit master plan. This means another large expenditure for a consultant report that will be received for information purposes and gather dust.
Councillors work hard for the residents, but some rarely work with them. Do the candidates running for election have what it takes to be a good Councillor or Mayor? Read what it takes and then you decide.
There is no easy answer for something that causes so much hardship for so many. Most of it comes down to responsibility and accountability. We have been impressed by Michael Sprayson, a new candidate running for Council. He has some clear action plans that can be acted upon quickly by a new Council.
Councillors approved using a consultant to do the User Fee study with a vote of 4 to 2 in favour. To read more about how some Councillors cannot say “NO!” to almost everything Town staff bring forward.
Although the average increase for the 2022 Town’s Property tax was 4.1%, the overall operating budget increased 6.3%. Two of the Councillors voted against this significant increase. The others who voted to increase your taxes significantly now need to explain themselves to you.