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Maybe the region’s electorate truly isn’t interested in municipal politics – less than 50 per cent vote every four years.
Maybe there are no issues — unlikely, bordering on impossible.
Whatever the reason, most taxpayers were stuck for answers.
It’s time to do your homework, Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Not this fall, when candidates will already have their platforms down pat.
Get out to a council meeting — available Tuesday at 3 p.m.? — and go to school on local politics.
Is council a good working unit? Do they play well with people making deputations, those in the audience and our town staff?
Get out in your neighbourhood. Are there facilities lacking? Perhaps a dangerous intersection?
How about that vacant lot? What is to become of it and how will those plans affect you and your neighbours?
This town’s history has been written with stories of residents who waited too long to jump on an issue.
Exhibit A? The growth spurt that turned Stouffville into Canada’s fastest-growing community during the past 10 years was bemoaned by many as happening too quickly with too many hiccups.
Where were those critics when growth proposals first went to the public in a series of poorly attended visioning exercises?
We know Stouffville will see more growth, particularly to the north of the urban core. We know rural development, especially of the estate variety, won’t take place, at least in large numbers.
Are you happy with your hometown? Do you receive fair value for what you pay in local taxes?
What’s on your wish list, Stouffville?
What will you put to council candidates — only one has officially declared — when they knock on your door or you have the floor at a pre-election meeting at your local community centre?
Get on that homework, Whitchurch-Stouffville.