We are at that time in our British Columbia communities where we need to choose our leaders, whether it be municipal, regional district or School District. My frustration is in hearing many of our local business owners/operators say they can’t be bothered, it makes no difference who gets in.
In most cases, what got them to this attitude was the candidates who got in because they didn’t take the time to learn who they are and what their thoughts are on the development and administration of the city and vote for their choice.
The way a local government runs has a huge impact on the local business environment through their bylaws, their focus on economic development and tourism(or lack of), and the hidden things such as building permit approvals, taxation, etc. With the wrong people in charge it is no different than hiring the wrong people in your business.
The attitude of ‘why bother’ extends also to the school board candidates. I hear, “It doesn’t matter, my kids aren’t in school.” The students in the school district, however, may be your future employees and most certainly at some point be contributing to the tax base that pays your pension, so the decisions made by the school board on behalf of the students may be important.
It is important that everyone take the time to know who the candidates are, what they bring to the table in the way of knowledge and experience, and how that matches your beliefs.
Once you have done this, get out and VOTE!
Make use of your elected officials. Don’t say, “Oh well, I guess I have to wait four years to make change.” The elected officials are there for you in the community. They can’t do their job without input from the community. Engage them, share your views!
It is IMPORTANT!
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