Tish Nicol, Candidate for Port Hope Councillor answers PHFFT questions

Below are answers from Tish Nicol, Candidate for Port Hope Councillor for Ward 1, to questions asked by Port Hopers for Fair Taxes to all candidates in the Municipality of Port Hope election.

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Q1. Will you commit to returning the Hope Township LLRW TRUST Fund capital and unspent interest to the W2 ratepayers?
A1. YES.

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.

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.

Q5. Will you agree to continue OPP policing for Ward 2 as long as Ward 2 residents wish it to continue?
A5. YES.

Q6. Will you agree to keep the Welcome Fire Station open?
A6. YES.

Q7. How will you address and overcome the current discord between Ward 1 and Ward 2 with positive action?
First and foremost I want the Ward 2 People to know that we do not want them to separate! I will make sure the lines of communication are open to get the concerns of ward 2 on the table and to work on their issues to help them feel at one with our community again! The only way to rebuild the trust in ward 2 again is to reestablish the reserve funds that are missing and to keep the line of communications open. They are a vital part of our community and we need to always keep them involved in decision making.I spent many years on the Agricultural Society Board working with many of the ward two residents who were hard working people now how to get the job done! I was a resident of Ward 2 until my area was changed to Ward 1 and my sons went to George Hamilton Public school during their Elementary Schooling so I am very aware and empathetic to their issues.