City Councillor, Ward 3, Fulton Heights/North Devon Area, City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Thursday, December 16, 2010
CIty tax rate to decrease
(posted by KHJ Radio News, December 16/2010)
It turned out it wasn't a popular suggestion, but Fredericton city council has narrowly voted, in principle, to drop the city tax rate. After some contentious debate, council voted 6-5 in favour of dropping the rate by half a cent. Finance committee chair Mike O'Brien suggests the rate could have been reduced even more.
Some councillors felt the idea of a tax cut, originally suggested by O'Brien, was sprung on them out of nowhere. But O'Brien says it was never a secret he wanted a decrease in the rate. The reduction in the tax rate meant a budget shortfall of $288,000. In another testy debate, council decided to take that money from the land sales account to again balance the overall budget.
Welcome to my Blog. I am the four term Councillor for beautiful and prosperous Ward 3, having first been elected in 2001, and again in 2004, 2008 and May 14, 2012.
Ward 3 is on the northside of Fredericton (the majestic Saint John River carves the city into equal north/south components). For those familair with our city, the approximate Ward 3 boundaries are: the Saint John River to the south, St. Mary's 1st Nation/Cliffe Street to the east, Brookside Drive to the west and the city limits/Killarney Lake to the north.
In my intial two terms, I was asked to co-chair the massive rewrite and public hearing process for Fredericton's new Municipal Plan. I also served two years as the Citys' Deputy Mayor; two years as Chair of the Development Services Committee, and as the inaugural Chair of the City of Fredericton Affordable Housing Committee.
In the third term, I had the honor of serving as Chair; Finance & Administration Committee for three years, Chair; City of Fredericton Pension Board for three year and continued as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee
In this fourth term, I have been appointed Chair of Community Services, which encompasses recreation, liesure services, sports & facilites, parks and trees, and senior's issues. I am also serving as Chair of the labour/management contract Negotiaitons Committee, also as Chair of the City Employee's SuperAnnuation (pension) Board, and again, as Affordable Housing Chair
Please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or at Fredericton City Hall, PO Box 130, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 4Y7 (506) 460-2020