Question:

Everything costs money, and ultimately, those costs fall to the taxpayer. Over the past four years, the average tax increase in Kelowna has come in at 3.5 per cent. How do you propose to keep taxes low while still providing the best possible service?

Answer:

I would like to take a broader view, rather than committing to a random ratio of commercial versus residential taxes. The overall health and prosperity of a city is partially based on high employment rates and good wages to support a good standard of living. Jobs come from business, and in Kelowna, most of our employment comes from small to medium sized businesses.

One of the key factors in having good business in our city is to have a very competitive business tax base to allow business to flourish, create more jobs, and invest more in equipment and assets, etc. As a result of business prosperity, the city benefits overall from better employment, more tax revenue and more dollars to re-invest into community services.

As Mayor, I will ensure whichever tax model we use is attractive to businesses, is competitive, and provides good value for all citizens.

Entrepreneurship, small business, and innovation are at the core of our economic and social well-being. My vision and goal is to create a more vibrant community with economic and lifestyle prosperity. That starts with having the best employment environment in Canada. Several years ago, our city was focused on this goal and we achieved it! Recently, we have lost our way somewhat, lost our vision, focus, and cohesiveness.

My extensive experience with Chamber policies and business have provided me with an incredible passion and determination to create a healthy and prosperous Kelowna, which starts with a healthy job market and a supportive business environment.

Keeping commercial taxes fair and equitable will provide that supportive business environment required by all to grow and prosper.

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