Enormous challenges face the next City Council, as we take the next steps in growing our city into a community that is modern, green, liveable and affordable. Restoring the public’s faith in how our City is run must be the new Council’s top priority. We must all put the past behind us, remain positive and move smartly towards a new and bright future.
The realities of the financial world, the poor financial state of the provincial government and citizens’ concerns over ‘value for their tax dollars’ are major considerations when dealing with the current issues.
Creative re-allocation of funds from low-value to high-value priorities must be implemented to ensure that core services are of the highest quality and that we divest ourselves of costly non-core services. The city should never be competing with the private sector. It is not our mandate.
Assembling the relevant facts, prioritizing the issues and setting a game plan to systematically deal with the changing demographics, our aging infrastructure, development activity and social values will need to be the mission of the next Council.
It will also be the collective responsibility of the new Council to analyze how these challenges will impact our city, as we set a course of action in a strategic and deliberate manner to begin the work of growing a great, modern, northern city that we will be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
This overwhelming work will require the support of the community, as well as a strong Leader/Mayor and a mature, collegial Council that is willing to ask the tough questions, engage in vigorous debate and set strong policy in order to move forward in the professional, business-like manner that citizens expect and deserve from their representatives.
Get informed about the candidates you vote for and let this be the Council that is elected to begin this daunting task.
“Aedificemus” Let us Build!
(Motto of the City of Greater Sudbury)
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