October 16, 2014: Ward 8 Candidate Stefano Presenza says that in his extensive door-to-door canvassing, one message is coming through loud and clear: Let’s get back to basics.
“There has been a degradation of basic services for some time now, and public service at City Hall has not been able to fulfill basic needs such as infrastructure, transit, and snow-plowing. Residents are tired of rising taxes with nothing to show for it.”
Presenza’s platform includes a focus on improvements to infrastructure, including upgrades to decayed ditches and culverts. He also wants to ensure New City Council will work to develop efficiencies in bus service and routing, effective snow-removal service, proper garbage collection and overall community safety.
“Taxes are a necessary evil, but at a proposed (and ridiculous) 4.9% property tax rate, citizens would expect not only a basic functionality, but service on a silver platter. My goal is to work together with the newly elected Council Members and Mayor to ensure a much fairer tax rate with effective services.”
Presenza says a focus on ambitious projects with multiplier effects will encourage growth and broaden the tax base, thereby lessening the existing burden to taxpayers.
“In order to generate revenue, we must build partnerships with industry to secure projects like the Ring of Fire – but first we must come together as a team at City Hall”.
Stefano’s work experience in the healthcare industry has allowed him to build partnerships with the different levels of medical service, as well as across communities in Northern Ontario.
“I am excited at the caliber of candidates in this election, and am confident that the upcoming City Council will be able to keep taxes down and improve delivery of services”.