A Letter to Ward 14 ResidentsSep 21th, 2018
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what an honour and privilege it has been to represent residents of the West Mountain over the last number of years. Your engagement in thousands of meetings; both issue oriented and annual neighbourhood meetings, the virtual town hall budget meetings that draw thousands of participants and our annual newsletter has greatly assisted me in making informed decisions on your behalf.
I have worked very hard and have championed countless issues on your behalf. Together we have been successful in producing the second lowest tax increases in Ontario over the last 4 years. We have set new records on building permits, our unemployment rates have consistently been one of the lowest in Canada and there is a $42 million dollar surplus at the end of the year for 2018.
We have seen many achievements on the west mountain including; Westmount, the largest rec centre in the city, significant rehabilitation to the MacNab rereation facility, a year round multi-use facility with Bocce Courts, the Chedoke outdoor classroom, brand new football field and track at Sir Allan MacNab high school and the grand opening of William Connell Park, the largest community park in the city. I will continue to strongly advocate for funding for the growing needs of the ward 14 community.
City-wide, I initiated the creation of the Southern Ontario Economic Development Agency, the Auditor General at City Hall to oversee value for money audits, initiated the film policy that sees more filming in Hamiltonthanany one state in the US. Our credit rating was improved to a AA+ with a positive outlook, we’ve seen a drop in the number of people living below the poverty line by 28,000 and a 25% drop in the amount of homelessness in the city. We are seeing positive results, let’s continue on this path of success. I ask for your support so that I may have the privilege to continue serving the residents of the West Mountain & the City of Hamilton building a stronger, more prosperous and vibrant community.