Area “G” director candidate Flo Winfrey:
1. What are the top three priorities for your area, as you see it, that you will need to address as regional district director in the next three years?
My top priority is financial responsibility. Before any decisions or promises are considered I must see / know what we as a board of representatives and as an individual representative, can spend on a project. My platform is based on transparency of all financial transactions; with responsibility to report back to the constituents in a timely manner. Secondly is communication with constituents, by forming an Area Planning Committee, which should reach out to more constituents.
My third priority is our younger members of Area “G.” More opportunities for fun and physical activities in order to build healthier citizens. We need affordable extended education, in order to have productive, interesting jobs.
2. The regional district currently spends $12,000 on food and beverages provided to board directors during their 28 meetings per year. Regional bylaws allow for up to $40 per director to be spent on food / beverages per each meeting.
In view of the tight economic times, and noting that the private sector has undergone similar reductions, would you be willing to entertain a recommendation to regional district staff to look at reducing this budget item in 2012 as your collective contibution to reducing the burden on taxpayers?
Yes, absolutely reduce the amount from $40 to $20. (Perhaps a committee to oversee this expenditure. Who knows – communication might work here, also!
3. What is the most important factor – your main reason – in your decision to run for area director?
Transparency in all government financial transactions, with responsibility to the already overburdened taxpayer – who pays the bills. If we practise transparency and responsibility in all of our spending, we will probably be able to afford some of our wish lists.
So, no spending until we know what we can afford.
Care and protection of our water. We must have financial responsibility, in order to protect our water.