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Kamloops columnist enters mayor's race on opening day of byelection nominations

August 15, 2017 - 10:44 AM

KAMLOOPS - As the City of Kamloops begins accepting nomination packages for next month's byelection, local writer and entrepreneur Bill McQuarrie has announced he wants to be mayor.

No increases to property taxes in 2018 is McQuarrie's first campaign promise, according to a media release. He says the City has been too reliant on taxpayer's money to deal with what he calls "spending problems."

Bill McQuarrie
Bill McQuarrie
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“It is time we stop asking the taxpayer, both residential and business, to solve the spending problems of the City," McQuarrie says in the release. "Like many taxpayers, I am frustrated with what has become the accepted norm of regular tax increases of 2.5 per cent every year.”

The mayoral candidate feels essential city services can still be delivered without an increase to taxes every year, saying Kamloops should follow the lead of communities like Williams Lake and Nanaimo where lower taxes has been working and feels "it's not rocket science."

McQuarrie is a writer, editor and photographer and writes regular columns for CFJC and The Armchair Mayor.

Today, Aug. 15, marks the first day that candidates can start dropping off their nomination packages at City Hall. The nomination period closes Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. Voting day is on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Other candidates expected to join the mayor's race are Ken Christian, Reo Rocheleau and Ian Mcleod.

Find more information about the Kamloops byelection here.

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