Zero-based budgeting, proactive approach part of Grant’s priorities

 

Ken Grant says he is familiar with town policies through his volunteer work. He is seeking a councillor’s seat in the Oct. 27 election.

Ken Grant says he is familiar with town policies through his volunteer work. He is seeking a councillor’s seat in the Oct. 27 election.

By Ron Giofu

 

Ken Grant has been involved with construction of the skateboard park and and has sat on such committees as the Libro Centre’s steering committee, the Skate Amherstburg board, and the Amherstburg Recreation Committee.

He now wants to add town councillor to his resume.

Grant believes his past service will assist him if he is elected in the Oct. 27 election.

“I’ve gained a great deal of formalization with town policies and procedures and format of the town,” said Grant. “It’s another way to give back. I’ve always enjoyed helping people. It’s rewarding.”

The town’s financial matters are the top issue, stating the town should focus on fixed costs and basic responsibilities such as roads, water, sewers, infrastructure and recreation, which he he believes will attract investors and growth. From there, the “wish list” can be looked at.

“Council and administration must develop a better budget process, based on what’s called zero-based budgeting. That means council will no longer accept a budget based on what was spent the previous year,” said Grant.

Regarding the debt, he said “getting it under control” should be among the new council’s biggest goals.

“If you have money then you can do (projects), if you don’t then you’ll have to wait a little longer. It’s that simple. By applying those principles can make a significant difference,” said Grant.

Grant said there was a lot of job turnover and job re-classification at the town and he would like to see the new council do an in-depth review to ensure the town is being run as efficiently as it can. He added council must constantly look for ways to provide top-quality services in the most cost-effective way possible.

“It is council’s mandate to ensure they are spending tax dollars in the most efficient way possible,” he said.

Grant believed there is too much finger-pointing being done and those responsible need to admit it publicly.

“Let’s take corrective action and move on,” he said. “You’ve got to learn from past mistakes and make sure they don’t happen again.”

Listening and working on behalf of all voters is something Grant said he brings to the table. He said he has heard from residents in rural areas who believe they have no connection with other parts of town and that is “definitely something I want to work on.”

Grant said it is fine for council to have disagreements but personal agendas have to be put to the side so council members can work to represent the people who put them there. He said he holds people accountable including himself.

“If I’m wrong, I will admit I’m wrong and take corrective action,” he said. “You have to be honest, open and treat everyone on an equal level.”

Describing himself as ambitious and dedicated, Grant said he has the passion to do the job of town councillor.

“I’ll definitely listen to all sides of an issue and make a decision that’s best for the community,” said Grant.

 

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