November 07, 2008 Features & Images » Feature Story

Council candidate: Will Pullinger 

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The awareness of local government’s impact on our day-to-day lives is at the heart of my campaign. As a young-voter and candidate, I’m optimistic of enhanced exposure in the upcoming municipal elections within the younger demographics.

What I lack in political experience, I make up for with passion and a commitment to positive change in the long-term sustainability of our unique community — well beyond the 2010 Olympic Games. I’m confident that I’m as qualified as any other candidate. Collaborating closely with my constituents and the community alike, I’ll be engaged to make tough decisions with a fresh perspective.

On voting day, you’re appointed to build the council you believe will be best poised to guide our community to sustainable success. Although you’re not obligated to choose all six members of the team, make a vote for balance and produce a council that truly represents the community it serves.

 

2. Given that revenue from development is declining and the municipality is more dependent on hotel tax revenue at a time of economic uncertainty, how do you propose the municipality balance its budgets the next few years?

An immediate reduction of expenses will be necessary until the global economic crisis stabilizes. A review of the Five Year Financial Plan and collaboration with the community on spending priorities is a must to fit within the new fiscal reality.

Longer term initiatives in developing new (or turning around) revenue sources (e.g. MY Millennium Place) and identifying additional efficiency improvements within the municipality will be vital for future sustainability.

 

3. What other important issues does Whistler face in the next three years?

Seasonal housing and labour shortages, affordability (e.g.: living costs, cost of municipal services and childcare) and frivolous budget spending are examples of current issues identified by the community that will require aggressive solutions.

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