MAYO­RAL CAN­DI­DATES FOR THE NA­TION HAVE LAST WORD

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With the mu­ni­ci­pal elec­tions fast ap­proa­ching, we have as­ked three ques­tions to Pres­cott-Rus­sell mayo­ral can­di­dates. Ques­tions re­la­ted to their prio­ri­ties, the in­fra­struc­ture, taxes as well as their ma­na­ge­ment style. Here are the ans­wers of Fran­çois St-Amour, Da­ni­ka Bourgeois-Des­noyers and De­nis Pom­main­ville, mayo­ral can­di­dates for The Na­tion.

In your opi­nion, what are the two big­gest chal­lenges fa­cing your mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty? If elec­ted mayor, what mea­sures do you plan to take to ad­dress them?

Da­ni­ka Bourgeois-Des­noyers:

The first chal­lenge is the di­ver­si­ty of our tax base. 5IF /BUJPO .VOJDJQBMJUZ OFFET UXP UIJOHT UP sti­mu­late eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment: an ac­tion plan and a team in place. In the ac­tion plan, we will first find our culture as a mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, the type of de­ve­lop­ment we want. This is done by con­sul­ting with our re­si­dents and exis­ting bu­si­nesses. It will then out­line our TUSBUFHZ GPS BUUSBDUJOH MBCPS 8F OFFE UP CF able to as­sure new de­ve­lo­pers that we have a good pool of la­bor among our re­si­dents. The ob­jec­tive of this com­mu­ni­ty im­pro­ve­ment plan is to re­vi­ta­lize, streng­then and di­ver­si­fy 5IF /BUJPO T FDPOPNZ CZ QSPNPUJOH QSJWBUF sec­tor in­vest­ment, de­ve­lop­ment, re­de­ve­lop­ment and construc­tion ac­ti­vi­ties.

The se­cond chal­lenge is the le­ga­li­za­tion PG DBOOBCJT .VOJDJQBMJUJFT XJMM IBWF B NBKPS role to play. Al­though the gui­de­lines are still not com­ple­te­ly clear, there is en­ough do­cu­men­ta­tion avai­lable to start con­sul­ting re­si­dents and get their opinions.

0OF PG 5IF /BUJPO T two major chal­lenges is to in­crease its com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial tax re­ve­nues, to contain the high in­crease in re­si­den­tial mu­ni­ci­pal taxes, which are al­rea­dy the se­cond hi­ghest in Pres­cott-Rus­sell. The mea­sures ne­ces­sa­ry to meet this chal­lenge consist in ha­ving a vi­sion, a business orien­ta­tion in the crea­tion of a real eco­no­mic and tou­rism de­ve­lop­ment de­part­ment, with pro­fes­sio­nal hu­man re­sources and bud­gets ne­ces­sa­ry for an in­vest­ment that will create jobs.

The other chal­lenge is to re­de­ploy mu­ni­ci­pal and sports in­fra­struc­ture and meet the needs of ci­ti­zens. It is ne­ces­sa­ry to stop buil­ding ex­ces­sive fi­nan­cial re­serves ac­cor­ding to pro­vin­cial stan­dards that sleep in

De­nis Pom­main­ville:

mu­ni­ci­pal cof­fers and use this ac­cu­mu­la­ted ca­pi­tal for the be­ne­fit of ci­ti­zens.

Our first chal­lenge is to conti­nue to do more with less and keep UBY SBUF JODSFBTFT UP B NJOJNVN 8F XJMM conti­nue to re­view our pro­ce­dures and prac­tices to stream­line ex­penses and ser­vice of­fe­rings to achieve sa­vings where pos­sible.

Our se­cond chal­lenge is to at­tract com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial de­ve­lop­ment. 8F QBSUJDJQBUFE JO UIF EFWFMPQNFOU PG the Pres­cott-Rus­sell Op­por­tu­ni­ty stra­te­gy, which pre­sents key re­com­men­da­tions for the ex­pan­sion of com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial de­ve­lop­ment.

8F BSF DPNNJUUFE UP FYQBOEJOH UIF eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment team to in­crease PVS SFBDI 8F IJSFE B NBSLFUJOH BOE DPNNV­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer to work with the eco­no­mic EFWFMPQNFOU UFBN 8F IBWF QVU JO QMBDF key in­fra­struc­ture in the Limoges re­gion that we can use in dis­cus­sions with de­ve­lo­pers and we will stu­dy the pos­si­bi­li­ty of pro­vi­ding water ser­vice to the 417 for the Saint-Isi­dore in­dus­trial park.

I will lob­by to in­crease high-speed In­ter­net ser­vices, na­tu­ral gas and elec­tri­ci­ty, which are critical to at­trac­ting com­mer­cial EFWFMPQNFOU 8F IBWF SFTFSWFE BDSFT PG BGGPSEBCMF JOEVTUSJBM MBOE JO -JNPHFT 8F will work with all le­vels of go­vern­ment to maxi­mize op­por­tu­ni­ties with our part­ners and take ad­van­tage of in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams and grants, and we will conti­nue to work with neigh­bou­ring mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties on pro­jects.

Fran­çois St-Amour:

Avoi­ding in­crea­sing pro­per­ty taxes for tax­payers while im­pro­ving in­fra­struc­ture are re­cur­ring themes in any elec­tion cam­pai­gn. 8IBU BSF ZPVS UIPVHIUT PO UIJT

Doing more with less has been my com­mit­ment to the re­si­dents PG UIF NVOJDJQBMJUZ 8F IBWF EFMJWFSFE BOE have not in­crea­sed the tax rate in the last UXP ZFBST "U 5IF /BUJPO XF IBWF TFU BTJEF re­serves for major in­fra­struc­ture ex­pen­di­tures for the Vil­lage of Limoges, to en­sure that new units in the water and se­wer sys­tem are rea­so­na­bly af­for­dable. As a re­sult of major in­fra­struc­ture work with good stra­te­gic plan­ning and sub­si­dies re­cei­ved from the pro­vin­cial and fe­de­ral go­vern­ments for the Limoges pro­ject, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is well po­si­tio­ned to ac­com­mo­date si­gni­fi­cant re­si­den­tial de­ve­lop­ment, which will en­cou­rage in­crea­sed com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial de­ve­lop­ment. The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is in an ex­cellent fi­nan­cial po­si­tion at the mo­ment and, with the an­ti­ci­pa­ted new de­ve­lop­ment, com­bi­ned with a good fi­nan­cial stra­te­gy, we will have an in­crease in our re­ve­nues.

On­ta­rio mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties own and main­tain two-thirds of all in­fra­struc­ture but col­lect on­ly 9 per cent of taxes. The As­so­cia­tion PG .VOJDJQBMJUJFT PG 0OUBSJP NBEF B SFRVFTU to the pro­vince last year for 1 per cent of sales taxes. This is critical for small ru­ral mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties strug­gling to main­tain and im­prove their in­fra­struc­ture.

Da­ni­ka Bourgeois-Des­noyers:

Fis­cal SFTQPOTJCJMJUZ JT UIF SPMF PG DPVODJM .Z QSJNBSZ HPBM JT UIF TUBUVT RVP GPS QSPQFSUZ UBYFT 8F OFFE UP XPSL UPHFUIFS UP EJWFSTJGZ and in­crease our tax base, reas­sess our spen­ding ha­bits and find new and in­no­va­tive ways to save mo­ney, in­clu­ding the street sweep re­cy­cling pro­gram that I in­tro­du­ced JO NZ DPNNVOJDBUJPOT 8F NVTU SFJOWFOU our­selves and do things dif­fe­rent­ly.

De­nis Pom­main­ville:

Cur­rent­ly, pro­per­ty UBYFT BSF JODSFBTJOH JO 5IF /BUJPO CVU XF BSF re­cei­ving fe­wer ser­vices. I am not ad­vo­ca­ting an in­crease in pro­per­ty taxes, but a re­duc­tion in the po­li­cy rate on pro­per­ty va­lue in­creases and the use of ex­ces­sive re­serves to res­tore mis­sing ser­vices.

Li­sez la ver­sion fran­çaise sur notre site Web: http://www.edi­tio­nap.ca/mai­rie-na­tion et dans le Re­flet-News de cette se­maine.

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À l’ap­proche des élec­tions mu­ni­ci­pales, nous avons po­sé des ques­tions aux can­di­dats à la mai­rie de la Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de La Na­tion. Voi­ci les ré­ponses des trois can­di­dats.

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