The biggest winner was the democratic process; the citizens of Golden had the opportunity to vote in a free and democratic election.
Nine Hundred and Fifty three citizens cast their ballots or close to 34 per cent of the total electorate. This is quite an achievement given that in the last municipal election far less than 30 per cent of the eligible voters cast a ballot.
All five candidates who stood for office are winners. They are to be congratulated for taking part in an exciting and crucial election. Well done and thank you.
Keith Hern and Connie Barlow are our new councillors and are to be congratulated on their election victories. Their work is just beginning.
The citizens of Golden and both residential and business taxpayers were also winners. An unnecessary and costly project was rejected by an overwhelming majority; close to two to one.
Hopefully this will be the start of some sound financial planning which will result in decreased spending by the Town and prudent management of our Town’s assets and limited financial resources.
Perhaps the new council will be more mindful of the fact that taxpayers are feeling the financial burden of a sluggish economy and are in no mood for frivolous spending and increases to the size and cost of the Town’s workforce. Maybe we’ll see some fiscal belt tightening and hopefully reductions in a number of management and other staff positions.
Losers during the election were Mayor Benty and Councillors Moss and Pecora who championed the Bridge to Bridge Project. They have wasted tens of thousands of dollars if not hundreds of thousands on a project that the citizens soundly rejected.
But perhaps the biggest loser was Councillor Chris Hambruch. Not only did he lose the Bridge to Bridge referendum but the candidate whom he wholeheartedly endorsed didn’t even finish in the top three. After spending and wasting much of his political capital perhaps Councillor Hambruch will re-visit his priorities and begin to re-connect with the electorate as the next election is only two years away.
All in all a great result for the residents and business owners of Golden and the democratic process!
The citizens have had their say and they have spoken with a loud voice…no more spending on frivolous projects, no more tax increases and begin to restore the Town’s finances to a healthy and positive state.