Kathy Moore, 61, Rossland City Councillor for six years, is passionate about municipal government and looks forward to working for the betterment of Rossland in this new role. Prior to retirement, she was a partner in a marketing and sales management consultancy.
Earlier, she was a corporate National Sales Manager, responsible for 36 employees. She has a law degree and, while called to the Bar, did not practice. Her education has given her a solid background for critical thinking and a propensity to ask difficult questions. She is happily married and has a grown son with a family of his own. She has been a taxpayer since 1997 and a full time Rosslander since 2003.
Municipal governance is multi-faceted, picking just one challenge is difficult. Kathy understands that an overarching priority must be fiscal responsibility. Providing the best value for the taxpayers’ money is paramount.
This doesn’t mean cutting budgets as much as it requires smart spending and careful analysis of all proposed projects and expenditures. Robust policies and procedures are required to ensure residents are getting good value and the best services for their tax dollars.
In addition, Kathy wants qualified members of the community to work collaboratively with Council and city staff to develop budget recommendations for cost savings and efficiencies.
Other major challenges: Setting goals and objectives for the new term, improving regional collaboration, increasing speed and reliability of internet access, resolving personnel issues, improving governance and community engagement.
These ongoing projects will require thoughtful planning.
Some residual issues to be addressed: The community deserves a full report on the arena project and a progress report on the Auditor General for Local Government’s recommendations.
Some critical thinking is required on the regional fire service costs; meeting the participating communities’ needs while remaining affordable for the smaller municipalities who must rely almost entirely on a residential tax base will be a challenge.
Kathy believes the region is ripe for renewed cooperation on a number of other shared issues such as recreation, economic development, and arts & culture.
She is optimistic that this election will bring new faces and a new spirit of collaboration to all the local councils.
If she is the people’s choice, Kathy looks forward to addressing these challenges.
She says, “Your vote counts the most at the municipal level. Your councillors make many important decisions that impact your daily life. Please vote November 15.”