Campbell vows to freeze taxes, rein in spending

Heather Campbell ran for North Cowichan council in 2008 and as a provincial candidate in 2013.

So, why is she throwing her hat in the ring again?

"Because I think North Cowichan needs my help.

They say the federal government has all the money, the provincial government has all the power and the municipal have all the concerns. In the municipality we need to pay attention to community," she said.

How would she achieve that goal?

"First off, I want a freeze in taxes and bring in responsible spending by working as a team with the other councillors.

"Spending’s gotten out of control. Municipalities are supposed to spend on infrastructure, not be buying property, like the curling rink," she said.

Campbell said she feels money should be spent on projects with a wider footprint.

"What purpose will it serve if they knock down the curling rink, it will just be more soccer fields."

"They’re talking about putting in an artificial soccer field for minor sports for $1.3 million. We’ve got to put our priorities in order. We’ve dug such a big hole with the pool and all the rest that we’ve got to stop our spending until some of it’s paid for," Campbell said.

Any other problems she wants addressed?

"Crofton and Chemainus are getting the bad end of the stick."

She suggested that, if the RCMP need a new police station, they should consider a move to Chemainus.

"Everything is in North Cowichan so if people want services of any kind they’ve got to drive in while still paying their fair share of taxes. I don’t think it’s fair. Chemainus is looking for a community centre and businesses are struggling. We’ve got to start giving incentives to small businesses so the money stays in our community," she said.

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