Candidates have it wrong. Red Tape and high taxes are part of the problem why so few businesses move here. But mostly it’s because business owners aren’t welcome. I’ve owned and run a small business in Morinville’s business park for over four years. Each and every time I’ve made inquiries to the town to have something done, I’ve met a stone wall. It’s so arduous to always explain myself over and over again when something isn’t done and speaking to the supervisor becomes necessary. And then it’s not done again and that person’s boss is engaged. And so on and so on. Even with councillors and the town’s Chief Administrative Officer trying to get things done it’s like pulling teeth.
Only one council candidate seems to have a grasp of this. One candidate recognizes that ratepayers should be treated as ratepayers, as customers whom the town strives to serve. As it is we feel like we’re getting in the way of town employees performing their jobs (in fact pleasing us IS their job). I’ve seen businesses willing to move here and bring millions of development dollars and dozens of jobs, only to be discouraged dealing with town staff. I don’t blame them. If this treatment continues, not only will businesses fail to move here; existing businesses will move out. We (the business owners) all know other municipalities that are open for business and will welcome us with open arms. Don’t be surprised if our incoming town council and mayor are fluff-speakers and fail to turn around this trend. If that happens, you can be sure the town’s tax base will suffer greatly in the coming years.
A concerned citizen