Employed – StrataServe Web Hosting Ltd.
Last book read:
Assault on Reason
What music are you listening to these days?
Jimmy Buffet/Grateful Dead
Favourite recreational pursuits:
Skiing/Mountain Biking/Road Riding/Sailing
you running for council?
As a member of the current council I have three years’
experience and have had the privilege to sit on the following committees: Finance
and Audit Committee,
Advisory Planning Commission,
, Lot 1/9 Task Force (Celebration Plaza)
Respect Whistler Committee
, Whistler Bar Association
National Board of Directors
, FCM 2009 Conference Task Force,
Term Financial Planning Task Force.
Through UBCM, I will continue to lobby Victoria to add a
municipal portion to the Property Transfer Tax.
As an FCM board member, I sit on the Standing Committee for
Municipal Finance and Government Relations. In this role, I will continue to
lobby and meet with the federal government to: 1) secure a national transit
policy, 2) increase support for local police, 3) commit 1 cent of the GST for
municipal infrastructure... and so on.
Over the past three years, I have gained the knowledge,
experience and confidence to be an effective team member as we face the
challenges and opportunities ahead.
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
I wish I had a silver bullet, but unfortunately in the short
term I see little choice to increasing property tax in order to deliver
services and maintain our infrastructure.
Whistler’s prosperity is dependent on the community’s ability
to attract visitors. Quality infrastructure and services make up a critical
part of the Whistler Experience. I believe that failure on the part of the
municipality to plan for and provide these services will undermine our
community’s success. Blindly cutting back services in the short term may have
significant impacts on our success in the long term. Any cuts will need to
be thoroughly assessed.
Last year we significantly reduced our contributions to capital
reserves — well below our traditional levels to soften the impact of lost
revenue from the Class 1/6. We must bring those contributions back to a level
consistent with ‘Best Practices’.
3. What other important issues does Whistler face in
the next three years?
We must continue to work with local business and the Chamber to
find a temporary housing solution that will get us through the Olympics.
We must deliver successful Games, and leverage the exposure of
the Games to maximize our opportunities for the future. And it’s not just about
delivering the Games; it’s about our economic success.
We must address how we will continue to maintain and deliver
the infrastructure and services we need without considerable annual property
4. What needs to be done to address those issues?
Temporary housing — leave no stone unturned, don’t give
up and never stop talking about it.
Delivering the Games, I have been a strong supporter of hosting
the Games from the beginning, and I will continue to do what needs to be done
to ensure that Whistler maximizes the opportunities.
Can we be economically sustainable with chronic increases in
property tax? No, we must continue to find additional sources of revenue
— and creative delivery models.
We must keep fighting to secure additional revenue tools from
higher orders of government. It’s not a promise I can make; but as a director
of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), I have a significant role
in working with other municipalities across the country lobbying the Canadian
government for additional revenue tools. I can promise that I will continue
I will also continue to lobby Victoria through UBCM to add a municipal portion to the Property Transfer Tax. A portion equal to a 0.5% will generate $3.5 million annually for Whistler.