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QUESTION ADDRESSED TO MORINVILLE COUNCIL AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES
In these uncertain times many families are cutting costs and limiting their expenses. It takes two working parents to support a growing family. We see more job loss in these times and more jobs becoming part time casual employees. While the employer benefits, the working individuals do not. It is a sad simple fact of today’s reality. We only have so much money to go around. We have all had to tighten our belts.
We have seen our costs increase dramatically during the past six years in our town. While you folks look for new revenue streams, sometimes you forget that the stream comes directly from our pockets. We have families in our town that are just tapped out.
As a future mayor or council member what will you personally do to limit the expenses that are incurred from within?
Please remember that as individuals working for private enterprise and as company owners, we are aware of necessary expenses and perks. If one dollar is spent on something that does not directly benefit the citizens of Morinville, then that money, our money has been wasted.
During this term on council many of you will be held to a new level of cost effectiveness. You have all stated that we need to improve our water and sanitary systems, our roads and sidewalks need repairs, our arena needs to be upgraded and now we have to pay for our new community centre. With limited funds in our tax base, you must be very prudent on what you spend our money on.
So folks, with these costs in mind how are you going to cut the expenses in our town, thus saving the working families cash, where it counts in our pocket books?