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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR COQUITLAM
Our residents tell us clearly that they are satisfied with the services we provide, but would like to see more, and that they are concerned with both the cost of taxation and with the rate of increase. I will analyze the budget, seeking the places we can reduce costs and adjust priorities, reducing the upward pressure on taxes. I will be accountable for my decisions.
I will press for confirmation of the necessary funding for the Evergreen line and for sustainable sources for the remaining gap—not more property taxes. I will push for reform of Translink governance to restore control and accountability to those elected. I will work to ensure that the coming of Evergreen does not bring reductions in bus services but rather increases in feeder frequencies to take more of us out of our cars.
My family came to Coquitlam in 1976 for it’s greenness—trees, parks, waterways. Development has challenged preservation of our natural environment but we can work into the future to preserve and restore our historic beauty.
People living on the street and family and friends feeling they can't afford to live in Coquitlam is a real problem. We need housing that is affordable in Coquitlam. We can leverage funding from provincial and federal governments and be a partner in the solutions. Our city needs to be a leader to ensure our kids and families can live in the community they grew up in.
Our City has made significant commitments supporting affordable housing and helping move the homeless to housed. We need to look to ways to support new, innovative means to provide affordable housingand home ownership, working with other levels of government and the non-profit sector.
We must focus our economic development efforts on supporting our local businesses. Their success will attract others, whether to support or compete with them. We must redouble our efforts to bring equity to property taxation across all properties, whether commercial or residential.
Smart policing has led to significant reductions in crime. Now we need to support our officers with the resources they need to continueto improve our safety, particularly addressing break and enters. Our expansion into Burke Mountain has run ahead of our Fire Service capacity to respond. We must add the firefighters and infrastructure to fully protect all parts of our City.(Click on the picture at right for a larger version.)