Speed of vehicles, volume of vehicles, noise from vehicles & pedestrian safety. There are all things I've been working on in ward 3 and will continue to work on if re-elected. From speed bumps, bump outs, signage, flashing beacons, crosswalks and continuing to lobby the RNC/Province for more patrols and enforcement of after market exhaust systems that create noise pollution.
I recognize that we as a city NEED to do a better job. We need to make the sidewalks safer in the winter months. During the budget discussion in October-December, council needs to find a way to do this.
The council I currently sit on invested almost $1.5 million on new equipment in 2020. This didn't add more routes, but it did allow us to do the routes we do now quicker. We can look at adding a 3rd shift. This will again improve the routes we do now. This is something I'm committed to!
We recently signed a 3-year lease with the Growlers & a 5-year lease with a new basketball team playing in the ABA.
On a potential sale, the city had KPMG do a report to look at things we need to consider if we were to sell. One of the recommendations out of this report was to have a building conditions assessment completed. We're currently at this stage now. Once the report is complete and the board at St. John's Sport & Entertainment has had a chance to review, it will be made public and a decisions will be made on if we should look for any expressions of interest. We will not sole source a potential sale as that would not be in the best interest of tax payers.
Mile One Centre was built with tax payers money and it's operated with tax payers money. If we do look at selling and important asset like Mile One, it has to be in the best intertest of the residents and businesses.
One thing this pandemic has made us realize is the importance of getting out, being active and fresh air. We have many beautiful parks in this city and it's something we need to continue to upkeep and imporve.
The only means the city has for taxation under the legislation is property tax. The property tax collected from residential and commercial makes up 75% of the money we take in. The property tax you pay is based on the value of your home, multiplied by the MIL rate. It's a blunt instrument to collect taxation, but again, it's the only one we have under provincial legislation.
The city is required under this legislation to balance its budget. We can't run a deficient. So if the city's cost go up, or if we take in less money in property tax, we basically only have two options.
1) reduce service
2) raise taxes
I'm a tax payer in this city also, so I certainly don't want taxes to go up either. In 2016 the city did a major program review. Services were cut, employee layoffs, programs were cut. The last budget we did something similar. I can tell you there wasn't much fat left on the bone. So we have little room left to find efficiencies and savings.
The new council will have just a few months to do public engagement and make some important decisions.
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Media Release: Jamie Korab, Ward 3 Councillor seeking re-election.
For almost 4 years it has been my honour to represent the wonderful residents of Ward 3.
As a community, we have faced many challenges over the past number of years and as your Councillor, I have been so proud of the residents for joining together in supporting one another and our community. Together, as a Ward, we are continuing to overcome these many challenges and we have accomplished so much by improving our parks, our streets and leisure areas, all while remaining financially responsible.
However, there’s still much more to be done. Therefore, I am pleased to announce, I will be seeking re-election as Ward 3 Councillor for the City of St. John’s in the 2021 Municipal Election.
In my first term as a city Councillor, I made it my mission to ensure that I was fully dedicated and accessible for any of your questions or concerns. On your behalf, every vote I cast has been made with residents in mind and by consulting and compiling the facts to ensure Ward 3 received its fair share. If re-elected, I will continue this work for YOU!
I kindly ask for your continued support in my bid for re-election to a second term on St. John’s City Council.
If you’re interested in joining our campaign, would like to donate or have any issues or concerns, please continue to reach out.
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