Kevin McLean will ask the hard questions

Candidate Name: McLean, Kevin
Why did you decide to run for office?

I have a passion for politics. I have my entire adult life. I feel I have earned great experience and will contribute greatly to the new team.

What experience do you have with municipal government, in Grande Prairie or elsewhere?

I have served the last two terms on Grande Prairie Council. I have served as Chair and director of numerous boards including Canadian Parents for French.

If elected, your term will run until 2021. What do you want Grande Prairie to look like four years from now?

I want us to prosper. I want fair share funding from the province to relieve some of the tax burden from citizens. I would like to see our city beautification continue. I want significantly increased RCMP to deal with crime and make us all feel safe.

The average property tax bill in Grande Prairie is about $3,500. If we use the percentages from the 2016 Taxpayer Information handout and set aside the portion for schools, that means we use that homeowner’s taxes in this way

 

 

To explain some of the labels

Corporate Services include things such as information technology, facility maintenance, and finance.

City Manager’s Office includes communications, human resources, and legislative services, among others.

Community Living looks after transit, the Eastlink Centre, Coca-Cola Centre, Heritage, Parks, and Recreation

Community Safety and Growth covers fire, RCMP, enforcement services, transportation, engineering, inspection, and planning.

 

How would you like to see that money allocated among those uses?

Budget planning is done every year as a team. The allocations we have are long thought out. I do feel we have savings to be found and we recently hired a new City Manager to do just that.

Many candidates talk about change but what do you think is working well in the city; what would you want to keep the same?

The team approach to decision making has worked very well this past council. Some of our more senior councillors said it was the most inclusive and caring group in office and outside of.

We conducted a survey that identified Crime and Public Safety, Taxes, and Economic Growth as the top three issues for residents. What are your thoughts on those issues?

I agree 100%. These are all symptoms of the lack of funding we are receiving in our city from the province. This must change to move the scales on the others.

When voters ask “Why should I vote for you?”, what’s your answer?

I ask the hard questions. I am not afraid to go against the crowd if that is how I feel those I represent feel. I have always voted to keep tax increases low and below inflation, often I am the only vote to do so. I have a great passion for it and I am engaged and work hard for the residents.

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