Today I’m going to talk about the biggest pillar of my platform and it’s what I call…
5 in 4
5 in 4 simply means that I will work towards cutting taxes by 5% over the 4 years of my first term.
Cornwall has seen a large rise in taxes over the 8 years of the Kilger regime. Many of those tax dollars have been spent on unnecessary litigation and settlements, over scandals. Simply by not causing expenses like terminating a well esteemed and professional HR manager in Robert Menagh without cause costing the city over $300K to allegedly head in a new direction that has never been defined will result in savings. Do we really need to pay to top level management salaries at the same time?
So if taxes were raised during this time period where will those increases be spent? Would they simply be fat in the budget?
I believe that a thorough investigation of the budget will yield several “hot spots” where savings can occur. You can’t just rely on whatever you are told by your city management. This is not micro managing by council. This would be working together to achieve the best results. You can question a doctors advice or get a second opinion; why not with a city budget?
In the budget process this year in spite of being instructed to come up with two budget points, management delivered a wholly different budget. This is unacceptable. It means change; either in the way the department functions or in staffing.
During the course of the campaign I will be demonstrating some of the tax hot spots that could lead to huge savings for the residents of Cornwall including one area alone that possibly would save the city over $4 million dollars per year. That in of itself is nearly 3%!
A vote for Jamie Gilcig as mayor in 2014 is the only choice residents will have to push back on taxes without cutting services irresponsibly. There is a better way, but we’ll need a strong council willing to show leadership.
It will take a council of people that don’t rely on consultants that only bloat up your tax bill. Remember that when you see some of the platforms of those running. You can’t suck and blow at the same time.
If cutting taxes and making live in Cornwall more attractive and affordable is what you wish vote Jamie Gilcig in 2014!