Communication

The recommendations of the Shape Burlington report must become the focus of all councillors incumbent & new. Jack believes strongly in tax payers having full input in major decisions; he is and will continue to increase his email database enabling him to solicit Ward 4 constituents input regarding these decisions. In addition he will continue to report through newsletter, Ward 4 meetings, website and facebook as required by you the Ward 4 taxpayer. (see contact info)

Financial Responsibility

Jack understands that, in the end, there is only one taxpayer (municipal, regional, provincial, federal) and residents of Burlington - business and individuals - have experienced cut backs and setbacks. We need less tax. Jack will take a cooperative business-like approach to financial and long term planning.

Taxes

In the first almost 10 years I have been on council, taxes were essentially held at zero % increase. In the last 10 years tax increases have been between 2 and 4%. including extra funding for Josepoh Brant Hospital and infrastructure. I consistently have potential reductions at council some of which are approved and some are not, but I always have the tax payers in mind and I realize that many are not seeing income increases of 2-4%. Jack is concerned about major capital expenditures in difficult times and the additional operating costs attached to those expenditures.