Newcomer Nielsen in the Race

Steve Nielsen - Hanover Council Candidate

Steve Nielsen – Hanover Council Candidate

First of all, tell us a little about your background and overall platform in 100 words or less.

I’m husband to one, business owner to 2, a father to 4, and grandfather to 11 (& counting.) That’s why I’m running, I have a vested interest.

What do you see as the major issue(s) facing business-owners in Grey-Bruce?

I’m not sure what the biggest issues are facing business, nor am I sure it’s government’s job to figure it out. Run a town properly and you’ll have people and business move there and thrive all by themselves.

There’s too much waste in Hanover’s budgetWhat strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?

I think if government watches it’s spending, which can result in lower taxes. That would then help businesses.

Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

Help out/encourage existing business. Far too often new ones fail.

Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

Local business taxes need to be held and lowered if at all possible.

Should there be any changes in the services offered to local businesses?

, thousands of dollars spent on signs for “free parking” areas. There’s no metered/paid parking anywhere it’s all free! We need to trim bureaucracy and get more “bang for our buck”. Having a development “plan” that centers almost entirely around the Magwood Farm, they’ve said they aren’t selling and the Town isn’t going to expropriate, hardly seems like a plan for anything but failure. The Police, who take almost a full 1/3 of every tax dollar, overpriced the dispatching service. We had those jobs and now those incomes are gone!

 

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