September 28, 2018
Ring Committed to Delivering on More Jobs and Lower Taxes
4 Year Record Shows New Leadership Required
When the citizens of our community elect a mayor there are certain expectations. One of the most important principles that a mayor should be guided by is how they can make city services affordable for the taxpayers they serve.
While my platform clearly demonstrates a path to more jobs, lower taxes and a better quality of life, the same cannot be said for the Mayor’s plan or voting record.
The voting record of a politician says a great deal about whether he or she is on the side of the people. Unfortunately, the voting record of the Mayor demonstrates that the lack of leadership is preventing our community from moving forward.
The role of the Mayor first and foremost is to set the tone and direction of council. To lead by example and advance the interest of the people whom elected them. The role of the Mayor is to direct and protect the community in the best interest of its citizens so that it can provide effective and efficient services to the citizens. Leadership demonstrates a clear and responsible management of the tax payer’s money.
His record speaks for itself:
City Council Resolution to review winter maintenance, parks maintenance, and waste collection with the objective being to reduce the cost of service delivery to taxpayers. The intent of the resolution was for council to become informed of the best practices in other communities to improve our own services. This resolution was on the agenda March 7, 2016. The Mayor failed to support it and it did not even get debated.
City Council Resolution calling for the reduction of city department budgets by 1 percent in 2018 after the mayor increased taxes in the 2017 budget by 4.34 percent. The Mayor voted against this on January 23, 2017.
City Council Resolution calling for the reduction of city department budgets by 1 percent of the 2017 budget. The Mayor voted against this on May 8, 2017.
City Council Resolution to review the operation of the Essar Centre and find efficiencies, given it has lost on average $437,585.76 in taxpayer revenue every year for the last five years, and is expected to lose $626,890.41 in 2018. The Mayor failed to take any action to address this problem.
City Council Resolution asking the mayor to send a letter lobbying for more OLG jobs in Sault Ste. Marie. The Mayor voted against this on April 21, 2018.
City Council Resolution to allow GFL to collect all curbside waste to reduce costs to taxpayers. The Mayor voted against this on July 16, 2018.
City Council Resolutions to disclose publicly taxpayer funded salaries at the P.U.C., EDC, and Innovation Centre that are over $100,000. Resolutions on this topic were introduced on May 16, 2016, April 10, 2017 and May 29, 2017. The Mayor voted against all of these resolutions.
During the last election in a press release put out by the Mayor on October 6, 2014 he said, “To build a strong culture of responsible spending in Sault Ste. Marie, we have to embrace change and continually look for better ways of doing things.
It’s obvious current leadership is not willing to do the work to find the solutions to make life more affordable for Sault residents, despite claiming he would. He has simply chosen to send us the bill and that bill is in the form of an 11 percent tax increase, with more in the way if elected.
This is another reason why we need a full-time Mayor, we are a northern city that needs City wide attention with full time issues to be dealt with.
“I have a strong plan for to create jobs, lower taxes and improve the quality of life in our community but to implement it, I need your support on October 22nd,” said Rory Ring, Candidate for Mayor.