Below is the press release I provided to today's Pass Herald regarding my official announcement to offer myself as a candidate for the upcoming election. If you have any idea's, concerns, questions or just want to help my information is at the bottom of the release.
My name is Dean Ward I am very please to announce that I will be running for the position of councilor in the upcoming election October 21st.
I am very proud to be the husband of Debbie, father of three and proud grandfather of two beautiful girls. I have been a resident of the
for 31 years, I previously sat
on the Historical society board for three years, currently I am sitting on the
Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation. Crowsnest
One of my greatest assets is experience I sat on council for six years (2004-2010), very few people can claim to have participated in six municipal budgets, my experience will become even more valuable if the next council is comprised of a majority of members that have never sat on council previously.
2010 this community voted for change, change is inevitable and will happen whether we want it or not. The questions with change are always, what, how much, and how fast. Moving forward the next council must focus on involving the community and allow the residents to have input and steer the directions of future changes.
The strategic plan of 2011 was put together by a group of people that do not live in the
for the most part. It lacked
local support right from the beginning, the public was never given the opportunity
to be a part of this plan. Even though the plan had some very good
recommendations, it was never “our plan” it was councils. Crowsnest
The greatest challenges we face in the
is the fact that we have no
tax base, after the closure of the Devon Gas Plant approximately 10% of our tax
base is commercial/industrial. Ninty cents of every dollar raised by the
municipality comes from residential taxpayers. According to the last Canada
Census on average we have the oldest citizens in the Crowsnest
Pass , in simple terms every
time we increase the burden on our taxpayers, we make it less affordable for
seniors to live here. province
If you choice to vote for Dean Ward you will be choosing a candidate that believes very strongly in the following:
Fiscal responsibility, I will not brag about small tax increases for the next four years while at the same time taking an extra $400,000 a year out of the taxpayers pockets by increasing Franchise Fees a whooping 230% over three years. I will bring forth a bylaw that only allows the municipality to increase Taxes, Franchise Fees, Utilities, Permits, Fines all forms of revenue by a maximum of the annual Canadian cost of living rate. Governments job should be to minimize expenditures not maximize revenues we all must live within our means. This community does not have the luxury of being able to afford to spend $400,000 on a logo, or $50,000 to buy the rights to a Best Western brand for a private company.
Smaller government, we now employ more administrators than the
as ever had previously, with
another new position currently advertised. With a staff of less than fifty
employees, do we really need nine administrators, when you add up all the
salaries, benefits, vehicles, cell phones, computers etc we will be spending in
excess of $1.2 million a year. To put that in a different perspective out of
the 3100 homes in our community, 600 of them will be paying taxes just to
maintain our administration. Crowsnest
There is much more to my platform, which I will be sharing with the public over the next six weeks, I look forward to speaking to as many people as possible. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to help me with my campaign, feel free to call me at 563 4128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.