After consultation with my family and friends – and with much encouragement from across our community, I have decided that I will seek another term as Mayor of your city.
Over the past four years I am proud to have championed the following core priorities for the community of Courtenay:
•Ending the Maple Pool lawsuit
• Supporting people in our community who are at risk of becoming homeless
• Opposed pay parking at the new North Island Hospital
• Fiscal responsibility
• Transparency and accountability at City Hall
• Focusing on core municipal responsibilities – City streets, parks, infrastructure, policing and recreation centres
• Signing a servicing agreement between the City of Courtenay and the K’ómoks First Nation for the provision of water and sanitary sewer services to K’ómoks First Nation
Although there have been many accomplishments, there is still a lot of work to be done. City operating expenses and your taxes have been rising at an unsustainable rate, and concerns have been raised about the number of personnel added to City Hall’s staff. In addition, we now have major issues concerning the long-term health and viability of our beloved airpark. With rental vacancy rates near zero and an acute shortage of building lots in our city, we are facing a housing crisis that impacts many in our community. We also have our downtown core in desperate need of revitalization. These issues need to be addressed.
Last December I attempted to bring forward a comprehensive plan to address some of these key issues, by increasing our supply of housing, streamlining our building approval process and creating a special investment zone to attract new development for our downtown core. Bringing this plan to life is still my priority.
After several years of significant City budget increases, I brought forward a motion to hold taxes at 2017 levels until a Core Services Review could be completed. This review will provide guidance in reducing costs, identifying tax saving measures and improving efficiencies going forward. This, also, is still a priority for me.
This is truly a crossroads election for us all, but I’m optimistic that through hard work we can continue to address these important issues and challenges facing Courtenay head-on for the betterment of our community.
I believe that our City needs stable, strong, experienced leadership and that is why I am putting my name forward. I would be honoured and pleased to serve you for one more term as your mayor.