Joshua Rene has answered several more questions submitted via the feedback form on the Questions page:
15. Why Are We 67 Million in Debt?
Overspending! This is the bottom line! We are here today saddled with this embarrassing debt because projects were not prioritized, and funds were not allocated soon enough. The new Council will now have to spend it’s term cleaning up and fixing problems instead of taking a page out of other municipalities books and growing. Don’t spend what you don’t have, simple as that!
16. Tourism Or Employment
That is a very loaded question. My initial response would be both. 500 tourists bring revenue and possible taxpayers, though 1 full-time industrial job would help keep our residents off of assistance and here in our municipality. If I had to pick one it would have to be the full-time job. Let’s focus on the people already here instead of spreading ourselves to thin to be effective.
17. Infrastructure For All of Amherstburg
Amherstburg should not begin and end with its downtown core! Historical tourism is important yes, but there are residents who live here 365 days a year. A politician is elected to represent not one citizen, or two, but every one of their constituents. This is what I will bring to Council. I will do everything possible to make sure that all the residents of Amherstburg are represented in a fair and equal manner.
19. Prioritize/Fund Infrastructure
Honestly if we cannot afford it through grants or reserves, don’t do it! We have to make sure as Council to allocate the funds for future projects ahead of time. We can no longer fly by the seat of our pants and spend on a whim! As for the Essex Power shares it was a no brainer. If we were to sell them all we would have done is provided a temporary band-aid solution that would have been inherited by Councils in the future. That debate should have been settled when Council realized that the residents of Amherstburg said quite clearly NO! I think with the right Council in place we need not worry about bankruptcy. I think if not for the election coming up, it may have been a scary all to real reality.
20. Town Employee Performance
If one piece of the puzzle at Town Hall is not functioning, then as we can clearly see it just doesn’t work! What new Council needs to do when they take office is conduct reviews of ether whole departments or individual employees to make sure that everyone is doing their due justice for Amherstburg. What we need is individuals who take pride in their community, and are willing to do everything they can to help OUR Amherstburg grow and prosper. The town should be run like a business, no exceptions.
All answers to date from those who have answered are on the candidate answers page.