In 2014 I was re-elected to City Council on a platform of lower taxes. During my term of Council and as the Chair of Budgets and Finance, I worked diligently to bring taxes down from a potential high of 6-7% as indicated by a study commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce, to a more sustainable level of around 2.4% through:
- Respectful questioning of administration
- A more comprehensive budget process that includes public consultation
- A line-by-line review of budget items
- Continuous improvement practices (doing things better and working smarter to find efficiencies)
- Cost controls
- Risk management
This was accomplished with the help of Council, administration and our city employees while maintaining services and increasing our investment in infrastructure.
During the last five years, the City of Thunder Bay also saw its tax revenues reduced by $23 million due to successful reassessment by Resolute, Grain elevators and Canadian Tire after the recession of 2008. This has resulted in the loss of most of the industrial tax base and the need to find internal savings through operational reviews.
To maintain low taxes while continuing our investment in needed services and infrastructure like roads, we need to spend wisely and speed up our growth potential as a city and region on the federal level.
As your Conservative Member of Parliament, I bring my professional experience in economic development, budget, and finance to create a positive climate for new investment; help local businesses expand and grow by reducing red tape and bureaucracy at the federal level and through a comprehensive plan to revitalize the communities of Thunder Bay—Superior North.