A question about investment for the candidates for Mayor

Town of Golden: Mayoral candidates discuss potential investments in our third question leading up to the Nov. 15 election.

  • Nov. 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Candidates for Mayor,

Do you think Golden should be cutting back on expenses, or investing in the future? Specifically, in what areas would you like to see reductions, and/or what areas would you like to see investment?

Keith Hern

Golden’s future starts today. We need to make sound financial decisions today that impact the future. We can manage today’s expenses and still invest for the future.

The Town of Golden needs leadership that can make difficult choices to resolve our financial deficit while sup- porting future plans. The 2013 deficit of $308,020 restricts our ability to undertake capital projects and/or build our capital reserve fund. Our first financial priority should be to eliminate the deficit and find innovative solutions to meet our capital infrastructure and community services needs.

In the past 2-years, significant savings have already been made; restructuring the administration, eliminating GAI, funding Kicking Horse Culture and the swimming pool expenses from EOF Funding instead of taxpayers’ dollars, are steps in the right direction.

Shared funding and service agreements provide solutions today—and pay dividends in the future: the New Building Canada Fund is a cost-share project that supports our infrastructure development, and the Shared Service Agreements with Area A on community services provide necessary steps to making responsible financial decisions today for tomorrow.

Innovative solutions and sound decision-making are keys that I bring to Golden’s vision for financial sustainability.

Ron Oszust

The Town operations are a multi-million dollar business. We run that business efficiently and cost effectively with professional and skilled staff. As a Council we provide the governance. Keeping an eye on debt, expenditures and revenues is critically important.

Golden has and should continually invest in the future.

We need to invest:

-in our infrastructure,

-our assets,

-our staff,

-our citizens,

-our arts and culture

-our services

We need to invest into:

-a review of our existing agreements with the CSRD

-the establishment of new agreements with the CSRD for other community amenities

-a review of the services and the level of service that we are providing

These are some of the investments that will make us the best we can be.

I am incredibly optimistic and enthusiastic about Golden’s future and I would be honoured to have the opportunity to represent the citizens of Golden, as your Mayor.