From a reader in 2014:
Question 19. How would you prioritize infrastructure projects in Amherstburg? How would you fund them? Do you agree or disagree with the decision to not sell the towns share in Essex Power Corp? Do you feel that by not selling we can avoid insolvency or bankruptcy by using share dividend payments to off set accumulated/future debt? If the town becomes insolvent or bankrupt, what would happen to this share?
2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo
I’m not completely sure why bankruptcy is even considered at this time. From the information I’ve received, even with our current debt, we’re not nearing bankruptcy. I do not believe in selling the Essex Power Corp shares. The shares are providing income for the Town. As long as it continues to do so, I don’t think it should even be considered. Prioritizing infrastructure projects for Amherstburg is for the citizens to decide, in general terms. Although council will have to make the final decision on the projects, input from the citizens is paramount in determining priorities. On the other hand, safety and disaster prevention would be a priority for me. I can’t say enough that issues like safe walking/cycling/running and flood prevention, as examples, are paramount for a community. Once we have the basic needs of the Town met, we can look into long term funding for other infrastructure projects. In today’s economic times, debt is an unfortunate reality. Debt in itself is not necessarily bad, provided the debt is responsible and transparently articulated and approved by the citizens. In other words, if we couldn’t find funding thru other means like government grants, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t raise taxes a modest amount to fund new initiatives that are important to the town, and that may produce a profit in the long run. Before I get lambasted, I’m not suggesting that my goal is to raise taxes, I just believe that all avenues of funding need to be explored if the Town truly needs or wants something. As an aside, I like Chad Barrette’s answer to this question. I have no current association with Chad but I will also be voting on election day.
Amherstburg Vote 2022