Don Koziak’s Vision for Edmonton’s City Council

Don Koziak is a fiscal conservative.  That does not necessarily mean he is tight-fisted; it does, however, mean he is financially prudent.  He demands value for taxpayers` hard earned tax dollars.  He believes in open and accountable government and will use his voice and vote on City Council to get our city`s financial situation under control.

This means holding the line on spending to reduce the City`s $2.2 B. accumulated debt.

It means holding property tax increases to at or below the rate of inflation.

It means thoroughly and aggressively challenging City Administration on its spending plans.

With respect to capital spending, it means distinguishing between `wants` and `needs` and prioritizing essential core municipal services above expensive legacy projects.

With respect to operating budgets, it means living within one`s means to reduce debt servicing charges (interest).  If there was no municipal debt, the City could provide superior core public service or reduce property taxes or proportionally both!  Wasteful spending and bureaucracy at City Hall must be reduced. Don supports the posting of all elected officials ‘and senior municipal managers` salaries and expenses online. ‘It is your money and you deserve to know how your tax dollars are spent by your city government.’

Edmonton must concentrate on what municipal government does best—provide core services—fixing roads and potholes, repairing sidewalks and, plowing and removing snow.

As crime, especially property crime, continues to be a problem in Ward 2, more municipal resources must be allocated towards its eradication.  If citizens are to enjoy this great city, they must be able to do so free from fear of violence.  Property crime increases the cost and reduces the enjoyment of living in our city. Vandalism and graffiti are a blight on our city`s aesthetic charm.  Reduced funding for expensive legacy projects means more money for policing to ensure a safe and vibrant Edmonton.

Don believes that municipal government must concentrate on traditional core service provision—fixing potholes, repairing bridges and removing snow.  Don believes that grandiose legacy projects, although desirable, are not currently affordable and therefore must be left to the business and philanthropic communities to complete.