My name is Bud Thurlow and I am asking you for the privilege of letting me represent you in ward 10.
I am proud to have lived in ward 10 for 37 years and I think the Northeast is a great community to live in. However, as in every ward in Calgary, city expenses in the form of taxes, water, garbage and recycling fees leaves me wondering if I will be able to afford to stay living in my home when I retire.
The Northeast pays its fair share of taxes but has been left behind when it comes to reinvestment compared to the new communities. I will fight for our fair share.
I think it is unfair that the city has been putting up so many red light cameras and has fines of up to $750 for not shoveling your side walks so they can balance their unmanageable budget. With the help of all of council we need to work together to make sure the city does not spend more money than it takes in from its revenues.
I am not going to make false promises or tell you I have a superior plan to fix everything but I do PROMISE to have your backs and to work hard for everyone in ward 10 if you elect me.
Determination and Transparency
We need a council that will work as a team that will be willing to explore different avenues to find a common goal while keeping Calgarians fully informed.
Common Sense and Restraint
In these hard economic times restraint and common sense is important.
BMO expansion, Arts Commons transformation, or a new hockey arena are all great but they should have been built when the economy returns to normal and the city has a surplus of money.
I do not think someone elected to city council should be given up to fifty thousand dollars in transition pay should they decide not to run again and double that if they are voted out. Also, is it possible that if someone decided not to run again and took their city pension and transition pay, could they return to office and collect their pension and councillor pay for the same job? Would they be entitled to a second pension?
The Green Line
This might be the exception to the city making a big investment in a project as the federal and provincial governments are going to contribute billions. The Green line will benefit all Calgarians one way or another from reduced traffic to cleaner air to job
creation. However, it is paramount that it does not go over budget as it did with the West leg. There is no point in a budget if in the end it costs twice as much.
Downtown And Job Creation
The city needs to create incentives to attract
new industries to the downtown core. It must also quit over taxing small businesses as small businesses are a large part of Calgarys economy.
It is important not to cut city services as more unemployment is not the solution and it only hurts Calgarians.
It is the job of city council and city managers to find savings in the budget without cuts.
Well it might be hard to predict when someone is going to rob a bank, I believe residential crime can be curtailed.
We need more police patrolling in residential areas during the late hours and we need to get more residents involved in community crime watch.
My goal for Calgary is not to make things bigger but better. Right now is not the time for mega projects. Just imagine if the city would have used just a fraction of the money for the new hockey arena towards making it affordable for families to put their children in sports, trips to the zoo or visiting one of the many city owned swimming pools.