Chad Barrette’s answer is:
First of all, our town will not go the way of bankruptcy. I have complete faith that we have learned our lesson and will enact the Deloitte report recommendations to set up the structures and policies needed to ensure the debt gets repaid.
How would I prioritize the infrastructure projects in Amherstburg? I would push to have a committee made up of town council, administration and members of a newly created finance committee to prioritize a list of our infrastructure needs. The list would then be published as part of council’s four year plan. The finance committee would serve as a check and balance for all estimates of revenue, development charges and budget forecasts made by the town and council and would publish our records monthly. A committee of seven business people would also serve as a check and balance in its own group.
How would I pay for infrastructure projects? Infrastructure projects may have to wait until we are absolutely sure that we have the revenue to pay for them. We can increase our revenue by increasing our tax base by attracting business and residents to town. We could also pay for the infrastructure by procuring grants from different levels of government but we must be very cautious to make sure that we have the money to pay for any of the town’s share of the grant and ongoing legacy costs of the project. We would absolutely hold open house meetings before any major infrastructure projects to give residents a voice in the process.
Do I believe that we should sell the town shares in Essex Power Corp? With the information that I have as of this date, no I would not sell the town’s share of Essex Power Corp. We do make money each year from having these shares but it will take more than the Essex Power Corp money to improve our finances. It will take the business community, town council and dedicated residents to take us to our potential.
All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.