Property taxes have increased over the rate of inflation for years, amidst a building boom, with residents seeing no noticeable benefits or increase in services. In the case of renters such as myself, those tax increases are passed down to tenants contributing to a lack of affordability. Victoria does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
If elected, I will move for a financial and services review and advocate for a zero-based budgeting framework that will identify and eliminate wasteful spending and help shift resources and better fund important services.
We also need to engage all adjacent municipalities to reduce service duplication and find economies of scale until momentum on amalgamation is achieved.
Let's bring back some fiscal responsibility to City Hall so that we can reduce the tax burden, cut frivolous spending, and re-allocate funds towards the budgets of important core services to residents.