Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Chester Chwiecko, Ward 9

As preparation and advisement for our candidate endorsements for the 2006 London civic election, we invited candidates for council, board of control and mayor to respond to a short checkmark questionnaire in October. Below are excerpts from Chester Chwiecko's responses to the questionnaire, in which he identified his priorities for council as:

  1. Property taxes and charges
  2. Road and sewer infrastructure
  3. Spending growth/reduction
  4. Crime.
Chwiecko is a retired senior infrastructure construction inspector running for councillor in Ward Nine; his campaign brochure "CUT SPENDING – STOP CASH HANDOUTS – CUT TAXES" can be found as a PDF here.

We have endorsed Chwiecko's candidacy for council in Ward Nine.

Residential property taxes have increased by 5.9, 6.63 and 2.95 per cent from 2004 to 2006 respectively. Can future residential tax increases be mitigated without cutting spending?
__ Yes, through assessment growth and/or increased provincial and federal subsidies/grants and/or increasing taxes or charges to commercial and industrial properties;
No, spending must be reduced;
__ It doesn’t matter: taxes must conform to municipal spending requirements whatever they may be.
During the past few years, large budget surpluses from the previous year have been announced after the current budget has been approved. If a budget surplus is announced again, do you favour:
__ Allocating the revenue to debt repayment;
Re-opening the budget to provide tax relief;
__ Re-investing municipal programs or agencies identified as having been shortchanged by the most recent budget;
__ A combination of A and B;
__ A combination of any other two or all of the above.
Would you vote for a budget that includes an overall increase in spending?
__ Yes
__ Yes, as long as spending increases are held to the rate of inflation
__ Yes, as long as spending increases are less than the rate of inflation