Q1. Will you commit to returning the Hope Township LLRW TRUST Fund capital and unspent interest to the W2 ratepayers? A1. YES. If you mean the money will be in a trust fund where the interest is used for tax reduction as below
Q2. Will you respect the terms of the LLRW Agreement (Schedule 8, Township of Hope Fund) which states that the annual interest on the $10M Hope Township LLRW TRUST Fund will be used “to defray the lower tier municipal taxes or levies which would otherwise be payable by the ratepayers” of the former Township of Hope? A2. YES.
Q3. Will you commit to re-open the area rating of taxes between Ward 1 and Ward 2, cancel the 37% tax increase to Ward 2, and work out a fair, equitable and transparent sharing of taxes between Ward 1 and Ward 2? A3. YES. A proposal if legal i would be agreeable to is taxes to be capped at Hamilton townships rate as an interim measure. I just would ask for patience till we get the facts to get a justifiable system
Q4. Will you demand a cost breakdown and public disclosure of where our tax money is being spent in each department and in each Ward? A4. YES. We need proper accounting of all money spent.
Q5. Will you agree to continue OPP policing for Ward 2 as long as Ward 2 residents wish it to continue? A5. YES. Mind you we need a proper accounting of exactly of policing costs in both wards. Not another study. proper record keeping.
Q6. Will you agree to keep the Welcome Fire Station open? A6. YES. I have been very clear on that. Now if someone came up with a way to increase service to ward 2 I may change my mind but closing a station is not going to increase service.
Q7. How will you address and overcome the current discord between Ward 1 and Ward 2 with positive action? A7. Taxes need to be reduced. People need to be able to access complete and accurate info. Council needs to listen. Respect and understanding for others needs to be paramount towards all from all.