Mario Coculuzzi Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Mario Coculuzzi
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Deputy Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Currently working for Shared Services Canada
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: none – First time running
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): I used to organize Golf tournaments for the Government of Canada Charitable Campaign.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: More respect for Citizens and their concerns and issues. Control/Cut expenses so we can have a freeze on property tax increases for the length of our term. Have a true discussion and dialogue with citizens on the Community Official Plan (COP).
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
1. I hope to set up an open-mic night other than on Council meeting night and ideally I would like to travel to the different Community Centres and any Councilor or Mayor would be welcome to join, but not obligated. This is what I want to do.
2. Freeze all salary increases, increases to Library and Museums (Current Council has budgeted a 2+% increase) grants to special interest groups, go over financial statements by either an internal or external audit and examine Management salaries.
3. Re-open the COP Discussion with proper consultation with the Landowners. A landowner should not be the enemy and nor should the municipality. Right now, neither trusts the other. We have to change that.
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, just our home