It's hard to believe that the summer of 2014 is almost behind us. Our children are back in school and our lives are already much busier. This Fall is a special time at the Strickland household as our daughter is leaving the nest and heading off to University. When I was younger, everyone told us the time would go faster once you had children... but I never believed it would go this fast!
This Fall also includes a Municipal Election to be held on October 27th, and I am seeking your support to return as your Regional Councillor for the City of Waterloo. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you and my city for the past number of years, and with your support, I would be pleased to serve for another term.
I do not take your support and this office lightly. I am seeking your support because there is more work we need to do.
☑ We need to keep tax increases in check.
☑ We need to continue to invest in transportation infrastructure.
☑ We need to bring more jobs to our community, and
☑ We need to balance government spending with targeted investments in affordable housing, emergency medical services and child care.
In short, we need a balanced and thoughtful approach to taxes and spending. Its a balance I have strived to deliver, and would like to continue to deliver on behalf of our community for the next 4 years.
Together with your support, we can do this!
During my time on Waterloo Regional Council, I have worked hard to earn your trust by advocating on your behalf and fighting for issues that make Waterloo Region a better place to live, work and raise a family.
PROMISES MADE. PROMISES KEPT
Prior to 2006, tax increases were an average 3.3%. That was too high. As part of my election campaigns in 2006 and 2010, I promised to work to lower tax increases. From 2006 to 2010, tax increases were reduced to 2.85% and reduced further to 2.15% from 2010 to 2014.
In 2010, I promised to improve traffic flow in the City of Waterloo. During this past term on council I have supported and initiated several changes to improve traffic flow in our City, including adjusting traffic light intervals along Fischer-Hallman to improve north/south travel times, road widening on Ira Needles and the reconstruction of University Avenue. A route has been selected for a new Highway 7 and is awaiting provincial approval, the Fairway Road extension has been completed and Transit services in Waterloo have also been expanded with new iXpress routes and the ION, which will help reduce growing traffic congestion as more people take transit.
As well, I have also promised to work towards the creation of a coordinated approach between the Region and all area municipalities to develop a top-notch strategy to deliver more JOBS to our Region and improve the quality of life for all of us. I am very pleased to report that after much hard work, the Regional Economic Development Corporation is being formed with the support of all area municipalities.