From a reader in 2014:
Question 7. What do you believe is the Town’s role in Tourism? Is Tourism an essential service which benefits all taxpayers? We have a tourism and cultural department that has ballooned to an annual budget of over one million dollars. This department was started with a $60,000 Trillium grant from the Provincial government to help the Town promote itself. Where are we today?
2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo
I believe Tourism is essential and benefits all taxpayers. I can’t say much to answer this question, except to say I would definitely look into it. Perhaps some of this money was related to the 1812 funding from the government? I am interested to see what the actual ‘regular’ budget is for Tourism. If it is $1M, I definitely want to know what it’s being used for and what we’re getting for our money. When I say part of my platform is accountability, I don’t say it as an election buzzword. If you know me, you know I follow through with accountability. If you don’t know me, ask someone who does. Budgets are budgets. If we need $1M to properly support Tourism in Amherstburg, I wouldn’t want to change the amount. Services cost money, I would just want to make sure we’re getting something for the money we pay in taxes.
Amherstburg Vote 2022