Full house for all candidates meeting 

Mayors, councillors meet the public

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Council incumbent Chris Quinlan listed all the goals he's accomplished since joining council in 2008, including facilitating the first meeting with all the resort partners, and the first meeting with commercial landlords, tenants and the municipality. The budget is also a success. "When I took office our reserves were heavily depleted, we had diminishing revenues and increasing costs. We had to get a grip on that, we made it a priority and at the end of the term we were in a better financial position than when we started and our reserves were back up... I'd like to see that continue to the next level."

Council candidate Andrée Janyk listed her long public service resume, and stressed that it was important to have a woman's voice on council. She also has experience making tough budgetary decisions. "My first year on the school board we had to cut about $1.8 million out of a $32 million budget, when 89 per cent of that was fixed labour costs, but we did it... at the school board we had a conversation on what we want for the schools and what we're focusing on, and when you do that you find very quickly that money very easily falls off the table."

Council candidate John Grills has 30 years of business experience in town and said that the situation is at a low point. "In the past I feel the working relationship with businesses and the municipality was much better, and when opening my restaurants we very much worked together on it. Now, there's more of a divide, and it's not the same relationship, and I think we should go back to that."

Council incumbent Ted Milner said it's been frustrating dealing with a split council on many issues. "The elephant in the room is the rapidly growing budget, and one of the main statistics I look at is wages and salaries which have jumped $16 million to $24 million since 2008, which is a 50 per cent increase. It's too much." Milner was also concerned that the municipality was encroaching on other organizations and the private sector by using RMI funds to host events.

Council candidate Jack Crompton said he's running for the same basic reasons he was in the last election, including municipal finances. "Last time I talked about a healthy economy and the need to spend within our means. I didn't get as much traction last time because we were ramping up for a Games and we needed to be ready, but now everybody is saying the exact same thing - to live within our means and no more tax increases."

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