Paula Banks Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Paula Banks
Municipality: Township of Rideau Lakes
Position Sought: Councillor of Bastard South Burgess
Currently Retired or Working (where?): I’m currently not working due to a car accident.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): I am most actively involved with the Delta Athletic Sub committee. In the last several years I have acted as a catalyst through social media and as a delegation to bring about many positive changes in council.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Low taxation rate and fiscal accountability, economic development and heritage.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Raising taxes cannot always be the answer, Cutting costs and increasing the tax base through responsible development needs to be a priority.
Economic Development Plan: We need to create a long-term plan that includes nurturing growth for existing small businesses as well as attracting new development in order to revitalize our hamlets.
Heritage: Retaining our rural identity and history is very important. We as a community and as individuals need to support and sustain our heritage programs and halls.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No answer.