During the debates at Algoma University one of the key questions focused on the voting record of the members of council. There was unanimous agreement that the voting records of all members of council should be easily publicly accessible.
The voting record of a politician says a great deal about whether he or she is on the side of the people. The role of the Mayor first and foremost is to set the tone and direction of council. Unfortunately the current Mayor’s voting record contradicts many of the statements he made during the last municipal election campaign.
On October 6, 2014 during the past election the Mayor said, “To build a strong culture of responsible spending in Sault Ste. Marie, we have to embrace change and continually look for better ways of doing things.
But once elected, his voting record tells a different story;
On March 7, 2016 the Mayor failed to support a resolution, which sought to review the winter maintenance, parks maintenance, and waste collection services. The objective was to reduce the cost of service delivery to taxpayers by becoming informed of the best practices in other communities.
On January 23, 2017 the Mayor voted against calling for all city departments to reduce their budgets by 1 percent for 2018 after he supported increasing taxes in the 2017 budget by 4.34 percent.
On May 16, 2016, April 10, 2017 and May 29, 2017 the Mayor voted against disclosing publicly funded salaries at the P.U.C., EDC, and Innovation Centre that are over $100,000.
On April 21, 2018 the mayor voted against lobbying for more OLG jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.
On July 16, 2018 the Mayor voted against allowing GFL to collect all curbside waste thereby unnecessarily increasing costs to taxpayers.
On other issues such as the huge loss of revenue at the (former) Essar Centre, the Mayor has failed to take any action to resolve this problem. The operation of the (former) Essar Centre, now GFL Memorial Gardens, has been subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of over $400,000 per year for the last five years and its expected to lose $626,890.41 in 2018.
It’s time the Mayor explained his voting record. After claiming he would make life more affordable he has supported increasing taxes by 11 percent. Sault residents cannot endure four more years of making life more unaffordable.
“This is another reason why we need a full-time Mayor. I have a strong plan for to create jobs, lower taxes and improve the quality of life in our community but to implement it, I need your support on October 22nd,” said Rory Ring, Candidate for Mayor.