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CANDIDATE: Brian Taylor (GF -- Mayor)
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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.
I am running for mayor because I am an effective leader. The city is experiencing some modest economic success and I will ensure that the city continues to pay attention to promoting and marketing our city. The mayor’s role is to facilitate and encourage the full participation of the six elected councillors and to speak on behalf of the city.
What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?
I have, over nine years as mayor, shown those necessary skills. When under pressure and subjected at times to irrational criticism, I have shown the emotional maturity to keep the focus on facts, science, the issues and the best interests of the city.
What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term? How do you plan on addressing these challenges?
The top 3 challenges facing Grand Forks and area;
First, short term and long term, water tops the list;
We need to and we are looking 50 years ahead in our water planning. The work of the Kettle River Water Study, gathered, analysed and added new data to a study that is now a baseline for future monitoring of many aspects of the water ways. A great start but more will be done.
Secondly food security;
Loyalty to local food is growing, farmers markets, farm gate sales and hopefully in future some covered accommodation that could make that market four seasonal. The small intensive farmer is a growing force and we need to support the creation of markets for locally grown produce
Third staying affordable;
Staying affordable to me is having a balance source of tax money. We are in an enviable position of having a number of large and medium size commercial tax payers. They are the jobs and the taxpayers and business are willing to take a share of tax but want to be treated fairly.
Homeowners see the city collecting the property tax and most understand that the variables are appraisals, mill rates and hospital and schools. but, some in the low end of the income scale are just making it, even small increase hurt.
The city has a role to play in keeping the services of the city within budgets and operating efficiently.
The dilemma for the city is that, the more we build the more we pay in maintenance and, if we are asset wise, in replacement reserves. So looking at that road being one foot narrower, or pavement instead of cement the saving over time can be sizable.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
What is the one thing that makes you stand out as a candidate? OR What is the one thing you want people to know about you?
Things to know, never mistake the tears for weakness.