We’re about a month away from Ontario’s municipal election. The most important issues for Port Stanley as a whole seem to be:
New builds/maintaining the village feel.
There are others, of course, depending on where in the village you live. A lack of affordable rental properties. Traffic/speeding issues. (Please add your concerns in the comments.)
There’s a perception that the taxes collected elsewhere in Central Elgin township are sucked up by the tourism vortex here in Port Stanley. Many residents of other towns and villages in CE resent this. If it is indeed the case, the blame lays with CE council, not the fine residents of this town! The chance to change it comes during the election.
I’m fascinated by the way discussions on Facebook go completely off the rails. They start out with contributors discussing important election issues. It’s only a matter of time until someone goes: SQUIRREL! Their comment usually starts with, “But what about…” and then they take it off into an unrelated direction. This is why I will never serve on a committee again. (I know, never say never!) But I digress.
TIME FOR A CHANGE
The Mayoral, council and school trustee candidates are all new to us imports. We have some research to do. The local sentiment seems to be that it’s time for a change, some say a whole new government, for Central Elgin.
Even before we moved here a little more than a year ago, we thought of Port Stanley as a jewel of the township. No offense to Mapleton or Belmont, but no one is spending the day relaxing on their beaches! They’re not spending tourist dollars, including taxes at businesses that are also taxed. No offense to the other CE communities, but what comes in to P.S. goes back into the coffers. And it’s more than most of the other communities will ever take in.
Then again, I’m not paying outrageously high home property taxes with little local benefit. So, I also get the resentment.
Election day is October 24th. Municipal voter turnout is historically low, which I’ve never understood. Local government has the biggest daily influence on our lives. Local wards are defined in colourful maps HERE. You can find advance polling dates and other info HERE. Good luck to all the candidates. And thanks for putting yourselves out there.