Occupation: Civil Engineering Technologist
Years in Nanaimo: Since 1960
Council must work vigorously and quickly to try and regain the confidence of both residents and property owners in this fine city of Nanaimo. Council must embark on a “Core Review” of all aspects of spending that impacts the taxpayers of Nanaimo. Tax increases should be kept at a rate on par or below that of the cost of living increases. There are many residents on fixed incomes or struggling financially, who cannot afford to keep paying higher taxes and fees. The property owners in the Green Lake area should be provided with hook ups to the sanitary sewer system at a fair and equitable rate.
Occupation: Energy advisor
Years in Nanaimo: 14
Shifting spending priorities to make Nanaimo a better and more affordable community by improving health, lowering costs, and encouraging tourism, for example. By shifting where the taxpayer’s money is spent we can accomplish so much more. For example, instead of widening Bowen Road, we could encourage more cycling and walking by providing trails and raised surfaces alongside roads. This reduces costs, increases health and a sense of community, reduces pollution and noise, and makes a safer community. Such measures make us more sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally.
Occupation: Sales representative
Years in Nanaimo: Lived here 2005-2007 and returned in 2009.
To start expressing the leadership qualities the community expects from them. Be more open in dealing with the community, not just individually, but as a body. Provide direction and a strategic plan to city staff. Continue to work at reducing the size of tax increases this year before the budget is finalized.
Occupation: Consultant, Community and Business Development.
Years in Nanaimo: 7
The people of Nanaimo – their quality of life and enjoyment in the beautiful City of Nanaimo.
Years in Nanaimo: Since 1969 – Relocated here in 2004
Attracting new investment and controlling taxes.
Occupation: Retired Nanaimo Professional Firefighter
Years in Nanaimo: 31
Provide decisiveness in council’s response to issues that are put before them.