During the last municipal election, I voted for change. I felt that Port Perry needed new voices to address the issues facing our town.
As the owner of a local business, I found the taxation associated with running that business to be astronomical which, in turn, makes it very difficult to be successful. My commercial taxes were over $40,000 last year and most of that goes to the Regional government, where by I do not receive any services or advantages for my tax dollars. I am very encouraged by the current council's desire to address these high taxes and inequities.
Recent developments have not altered my faith in this council. I have reviewed the videotapes in question, and find that I do not agree with the integrity commissioner's findings. I am appalled that people are so determined to condemn other; especially in this situation, where the council is asking for transparency and accountability. This is a reasonable request, as our tax dollars are in question.
The two councillors who are being vilified, for trying to promote transparency, have fought hard for issues that pertain to this community, and are the first two people who would come to your assistance. They do this job because they care about Port Perry. It is not about the money, as the wage is almost insulting. We need people who are willing to stand up for you and our community in a personal capacity. It has been called a thankless job, and that has been proven in the last few weeks. Maybe we should be thanking those people who work hard for us, instead of trying to tear them down.