Too much money in war chest, John Horgan says

The former owner of Discovery Honda, John Horgan found he couldn’t sit still in retirement, so he has opted to run for City of Duncan council.

"It was nice to be retired for a while, but I wanted to continue to be involved in something," he said. "Looking at council and some of the decisions they’ve made, I thought I could make some better decisions.

"I don’t think the people on council have done a terribly bad job, but I think a lot of things could be done differently. I think a little bit of common sense needs to be brought."

With different management of the city’s finances, Horgan believes taxes could be lowered for residents.

"There’s an awful lot of money sitting around in a war chest," he said. "It’s an incredible amount of money for a small, little town, and it makes you wonder if people have been paying too much tax."

During Horgan’s years in the Cowichan Valley, he has coached soccer and baseball teams, been heavily involved in the Rotary Club – both the Duncan Daybreak and South Cowichan chapters – and served on the board of Queen Margaret’s School.

"I’ve been pretty heavily involved in the community for many years," he said.

Horgan is also in favour of looking into amalgamation with North Cowichan.

"Some of that makes sense to me," he said. "We should get it examined and looked at. I’m not saying we should do it, but we should look at it, even if we just look at sharing some facilities; we don’t need to actually amalgamate."