Local economy and tax spending among top concerns for Ward 2 voters


It costs roughly $200 million to run the city of Sault Ste. Marie every year. That’s about $16 million every month. More than $3 million a week. Well over $500,000 a day.

That’s a lot of money. And just over half of it comes from the residents of Sault Ste. Marie, in the form of property taxes.

Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to live. But we are in the midst of challenging economic times – times that are making it more difficult for many of our residents to make ends meet.
“Throughout the course of this campaign, I’ve had the chance to talk to hundreds of voters across the ward – residents of all ages and from all walks of life,” says Ward 2 Candidate Les Weeks. “Among the most common concerns I’m hearing from voters at the doorstep are the state of the city’s economy and the manner in which their tax dollars are being spent.”
“We need to ensure that our tax dollars are spent as wisely and as efficiently as possible,” says Weeks, who has operated a small business in Sault Ste. Marie for more than 45 years. “When you’re in municipal government, you need to treat the public’s money the same way you’d treat your own – very, very carefully. I am willing to put my experience to work to help ensure that our city makes wise, well-informed spending decisions that serve the best interests of Sault residents.”

Les Weeks has been a Ward 2 resident for nearly half a century. Together with his late wife Judy, he raised his family in Ward 2 and has held leadership roles with a number of organizations in the community over the past three decades, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Sault Ste. Marie Business Development Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and many more.

To hear Les talk about why he’s running for council in his own words, please view this video. To send him a message or ask him a question, please visit www.facebook.com/lesweeksward2.