October 01, 2014 - 3:23 PM
KAMLOOPS – Scientist, health professional and mother-of-three Cheryl Phippen has announced her run for a spot on Kamloops City Council.
Fiscal responsibility, city improvements, open communication for the public, removal of “antiquated” dog by-laws in public spaces and an environmentalist approach to Ajax are Phippen’s key platform issues. If elected, she plans to change council’s method of budgetary spending.
“Something that I constantly hear is if you don’t use it you lose it when it comes to budget,” Phippen says.
She says ensuring each dollar is spent prior to the end of the fiscal year is irresponsible. Phippen challenges the belief that municipalities will receive less in future tax years if there is a surplus.
“I’m dedicated to removing that (thought) from city workers,” she says.
Phippen’s response to Ajax is two-fold. She says she will decide if she approves the project after reviewing the environmental report, the release of which is imminent.
“When that comes out, that’s when I would like to read through it and see what the environmental impacts are,” she says. “I do think it would have great economic benefits for Kamloops.”
Phippen adds she's bothered the mine's proposal is a platform item for many running in the election.
“It’s so frustrating that this is a focus,” she says. “It’s not a decision made at a municipal level.”
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