PRIORITY: Saving us Money
When I was a financial planner I always urged my clients to ‘focus on the basics’ before I introduced them to the financial products I was selling. What I mean by this is always have a ‘rainy day fund’ and place a strict set of rules/conditions needed to touch these funds.
It means that you don’t spend money you don’t have. That doesn’t mean you don’t go into debt, very few of us would never have a house if we didn’t borrow money, it just means that you have a plan when you borrow money. It also means that you make sure you know the difference between a need and a want.
Municipal governance has some unique features but in the end, basic principle should be followed.
Municipal governance also has special ‘issues’ such as people using our taxpayer dollars for their own means and having many ‘moving parts’.
I know for a fact that the Town of Cochrane has wasted millions of dollars to fulfill other council member’s political promises. I also know that the Town of Cochrane has policy loopholes that, if left unchecked, could cost us hundreds of thousands if now millions of dollars.
I also disagree with the past wage comparisons used by council and administration.
When I’m voted into the position a Town Council member I will focus on three priorities:
1/ I will ensure the wants don’t become needs.
2/ I will save us ten’s if not hundreds of thousands of dollars
3/ I will ensure that town council remuneration remains realistic by setting two goals, one, I will ensure that the Town of Cochrane remains the lowest paid Town Council by 5% and two, I will ensure that I am the lowest paid Town Councillor by 5-10%.
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