Lantzville council candidate: Warren Griffey

District of Lantzville: Griffey, Warren – district council candidate

  • Oct. 24, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Name: Warren Griffey

Age: 53

Occupation/background: National account manager, CKR Global

Why are you running for public office?

I am concerned about the cost of this administration this year; it is projected that salaries will hit $1.2 million for a staff of 14 (two of which are summer or part time)

I am concerned about a five-year financial plan that will run a deficit of $200,000 every year for the next five years.

I am concerned with increased taxes, a staggering 29 per cent increase in 2015 alone.

What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?

Taxes, increased density, administration accountability.

How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?

First I would like to say that I am excited that a water deal has been struck with the City of Nanaimo. However, I think there are some issues with it that leave Lantzville taxpayers in a very precarious position. I would like to see the original water deal sent to Lantzville back in 2012 and shelved by this administration for 16 months be revisited.

What do you think it takes to lead Lantzville? Describe your leadership or co-working style.

I have been on council for three terms for the District of Lantzville as a councillor. This is a time for experience, careful consideration of issues, patience, and understanding. I have a track record of being passionate about issues regarding policy and protocol. In business, I am fair and honest with my clients, associates and employees. It will be the same with the District of Lantzville. I will come to meetings prepared and ready to involve the community with open dialogue and planned budgets that will not put us into shortfall after shortfall. A deficit increases taxes and I will not support district tax increases that are out of line with what the taxpayers of Lantzville can afford to pay.

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