I was born in Salmo and have lived here most of my life. I work full time as a Licensed Practical Nurse. I have been actively attending Salmo council and Committee of a Whole meetings during the last council term.
There are many challenges to face for the new council, from ineffective leadership, unusually high spending on legal fees, a high employee turnover and a lack of open and transparent governance.
I believe the number one challenge will be getting control of the spending. If elected to Salmo council I will remember that I was elected by the residents of Salmo to represent them and govern accordingly. Money doesn’t grow on the proverbial tree, but must instead be primarily raised through taxation. We need this money to be spent wisely on the important things like water and sewer, roads and sidewalks, fire protection and parks; and avoid costs associated with avoidable legal fees, skyrocketing administrative salaries, and pet projects. There has yet to be a completed audit for 2013. Why is this?
My biggest concern over the last three years; and therefore, the largest outstanding issue is the overly large increases in the budget with nothing substantial to show for it. Working as a nurse I know the importance of teamwork. I know that my experience living in Salmo and my dedication to making it a better community will help me be part of a new council team that can make the changes we need.