Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk told a meeting of MHCA board members that there’s greater value for taxpayer dollars through the presentation of multi-year budgets for infrastructure that allow industry to line up, in advance, their business plans, including human resource needs and supplies.
Motkaluk met with the MHCA Board of Directors June 29.
Her budget remarks came in response to a question about long-term predictable funding plans for infrastructure construction budgets.
“The earlier budgets go out and the earlier that money can be allocated, the more value the tax dollars are,” Motkaluk said. This is Motkaluk’s second run, successively, at the mayoralty. She came second, but with impressive showing, against Brian Bowman, in 2018.
Motkaluk said she has three general priorities in her bid to lead City Council after the October 26 vote this year.
- encourage and inspire economic growth – including investing in the initiatives to make that happen such as extension of the Chief Peguis Trail to the west and the servicing of water and sewer for CentrePort Canada South
- celebrate Winnipeg – the many good things that make this a city to be proud of
- effective service delivery – she hears frequently that business owners are not looking for special programs or breaks but for the basics to be reliably done, such as picking up the garbage, maintaining the roads and ensuring reliable Transit service
Motkaluk also stressed that council leadership demands effective oversight and accountability for city programs and initiatives, requiring that this be provided through regular, transparent reporting of outcomes and measurement.
This was the second meeting MHCA board members have had with mayoral candidates; the Board met with candidate Coun. Scott Gillingham on May 31.