As we reach the finale to this remarkable campaign, I want to thank all the people who have supported me in many ways; knocking on doors, making phone calls, giving testimonials, writing to the papers, spreading the message on
social media and talking with their friends. We have taken the high road with a positive, progressive message.
Under my leadership, North Cowichan has been an efficient, well-run Municipality. Our house is in order. We have very competitive taxes for residential, business and industry, with healthy reserves and funding for capital projects. We have driven down tax increases for the last 3 years and my goal is to be under 3% in 2015.
Over the last 3 years, we have:
- helped bring our largest taxpayer and employer out of creditor protection
- built the new Regional Visitor Information Centre
- adopted our award winning Climate Action and Energy Plan
- negotiated new partners for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre
- found a solution for the road to Stoney Hill
- initiated the highly successful kitchen waste programme
- replaced the Chemainus River Bridge,
- completed the Crofton Seawalk,
- found a balanced solution to the Echo Heights dilemma,
- started construction on Waterwheel Square and the new skatepark
- purchased the new site for the Police Headquarters from reserve funds
- built dikes to protect vulnerable areas
and much more.
Over the next 4 years, we will:
- complete the diking
- complete our Local Area Plans in Crofton, the University Village and Stoney Hill
- push hard for the new High School and Trades Centre as the last phase of Cowichan Place
- encourage economic development in our core areas aided by our revitalization projects
- implement the Climate Action and Energy Plan
- advance environmental protection of vital areas such as Somenos Marsh
- diversify our economy into recreation, sports, arts, wine and culinary tourism
- create a management plan for Echo Heights Park
- continue to build our relationships with First Nations through the reconciliation process and issues such as Regional Governance of our watersheds.
We have a bright future and there is a part in that future for all of ourcitizens. Working together we can build the healthy, caring and vibrant community that we all want. Please make a commitment to that future by voting this Saturday, November 15.