To read the comments by all four candidates for deputy mayor, please click on the “Read More” link:
Deputy Mayor Candidate Paul Best
Q1: YES Lake Simcoe is an important part of what makes Innisfil amazing. I believe it is important for us to ensure that our water supply and environment are protected especially for our future generations.
Q2: YES In order to keep our wildlife and environment safe I believe in developers providing a greenspace plan as part of their development proposals.
Q3: YES One of the many ways we can ensure that our town’s infrastructure is well maintained and up-kept are to hold our contractors/workers accountable for the work that they do. Also ensuring that new developments especially housing developments contribute more towards the framework of the whole town and not just in the neighborhood where it is being proposed.
Q4: YES Our tax paying people should not be burdened by this investment. Our town should be able to find and provide funding from development fees not taxpayers money.
Q5: YES Teamwork crucial to enhancing our town, But we have to ensure that the interest of the people of Innisfil are kept protected and ensure that our lands are not annexed by other municipalities.
Q6: YES 23-38% of housing should be dedicated to affordable housing, depending on the type of development.
Q8: “Ensure a future focused development, allowing our local businesses to be able to bid on jobs and push for our town to use locals first. Providing jobs for our locals and talented workforce. Enhancing our infrastructure and creating access to our residents first.”
Deputy Mayor Candidate Daniel Davidson
Q2: OTHER I need to learn more before making a good decision.
Q3: OTHER I will start to put more pressure on county council to look at regional issues. This will help reduce the tax burden.
Q6: OTHER Once again I need more information. This is a County decision but I do believe it is needed.
Q8: “Financial sustainability, reserves in place and a better place to live work and play.”
Deputy Mayor Candidate Steven Fishman
Q3: OTHER To know where we stand financially, I intend to seek a full audit of the books. I will also seek a complete operational audit to find out where savings can be achieved. I agree that the building of new homes need to be slowed down, and that’s why I would also seek a change at both Simcoe County and the Province for Innisfil from medium to low density. We need time for our infrastructure to catch up, and we need to stop building on our wetlands which is destroying our ecosystem.
Q4: YES We can’t afford to spend the money to service the area if we don’t have the tax base to support it. Let the developers pay for all the infrastructure costs, and not the taxpayers.
Q5: YES I have no issue working with other local governments if it helps save the taxpayers money.
Q6: YES I feel a fair percentage would be about 5%.
Q8: ‘Hard question to answer as I have several–like lower taxes, hydro rates, improve services and creation of youth centres across Innisfil.”
Deputy Mayor Candidate Angela Gravelle
Q1: YES However I believe stewardship along with fiscal responsibility is a multi-jurisdictional responsibility.
Q2: YES The Town’s Official Plan should concentrate development within the urban boundaries in order to preserve greenspace and agricultural uses.
Q3: OTHER I’m advocating for a full service delivery review in consultation with our residents to ensure we are delivering appropriate services within our means. Secondly, I will be asking for another look at the strategy respecting the servicing of Innisfil Heights for the purpose of delivering much promised jobs for our residents and expanding the current tax base with industrial and commercial assessment. Third, I will be asking for a full examination of the various options respecting servicing strategy including; shared services, advances in engineering/technology and appropriate conservation efforts to address the need for expansion. These efforts ultimately lead to future investment in required infrastructure.
Q4: YES Future investment in the 400 employment lands will yield both jobs (for residents) as well as a net property tax advantage. The investment in the infrastructure should be viewed as a long-term strategic initiative.
Q5: YES I believe that we should be exploring more of these types of opportunities and I recently spoke at Council in support of the proposed development application. You can read my comments and all of the reasons why I supported this application – on my website at angie4deputy.com
Q6: YES Ideally I would like to see a target between 20- 25% of new residential being allocated towards affordable housing. Clearly efforts will be required to examine incentives i.e.: reduced development charges to support the needed housing stock. In addition, as a member of county council, I will be advocating for housing programs that could potentially part with the private sector (new developments) to support this need in our community.
Q7: YES However, I would have to have the full implications regarding the Greenbelt extension into Simcoe County and the impact both positive and negative that could have on various communities. However, I am in favour of protecting both farmland and source water areas as a fundamental planning objective.
Q8: “Servicing Innisfil Heights for the benefit of the residents for both employment purposes and expanded tax base.”