Doug Black Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Doug Black
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Four terms as a Carleton Place Councilor – two terms in the 1980s and two terms since 2010
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Coached minor hockey and baseball teams. Served on the Urban Forest Committee and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Strong Leadership Builds a Strong Team
2. Effective Asset Management through Public Consultation
3. Sustainable Tax Rates
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
The 2018-2022 Council will consist of a majority of inexperienced members. Developing an informed council team, trained to ensure a constructive environment for discussion, debate and decision-making, requires strong leadership, mentoring, and education provided by staff and training courses. I bring extensive experience from my former work life and past terms on Council to address the challenges of achieving the singularly important objective of working together as an effective team for the benefit of our citizens.
The task of establishing the level of services the town will offer our residents, planning for and providing the necessary infrastructure to support these services, and their costs, is a complex exercise involving all areas of Council responsibility from sewer and water to police and fire protection, and much more. I have demonstrated in the past, and will continue, my strong commitment to providing good governance by always placing the community first.
We need to work together as a team to maintain our tax rate increases at inflation or lower. Despite our community’s growth we will continue to experience pressure on our tax rate imposed by provincial government decisions out of our control. Along with advocating for our community with the province, I view economic growth as a major solution to resolving this concern. I hold a sustainable tax rate as a major priority for our citizens and bring both my strong leadership and proven business skills to meeting this objective.
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