NOW! Positive Change - Proven Leadership
Get Out and Vote Rod Frank - Monday, October 16, 2017
· Lawyer with 30 years’ experience.
· Rod ran in the 2015 federal election in Strathcona County as a fiscal conservative and social progressive. He ran to fight entitlements, to promote pipelines and energy, and to grow the economy.
· Moved with family to Sherwood Park in 1963, now lives here with own family.
· With two sons who grew up in the Park, he has also volunteered for over 15 years in local schools, and “. . . every sport out there – football, hockey, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, . . .”
· Business and Law Degrees, University of Alberta.
· Former Lawyer in Your Corner columnist for the Sherwood Park News.
· Leadership credentials in the business world include lead counsel closing a one-billion-dollar deal, one of the largest single telecom services deals in Canadian history.
· In the legal field, he heads the Canadian Bar Association’s national Competition Law Section comprised of nearly 1000 expert antitrust lawyers.
· In the non-profit sector, Rod was one of the original incorporators of the local Elk Island Education Foundation (REAL Foundation), and a former President/GM of the Wildcat Junior Football Club.
“The oil price drop has affected everyone. I run on a five – point plan, the core of which is designed to provide financial certainty for individuals and businesses”.
Monday, October 16th - Get Out and Vote Rod!
· Fiscal Responsibility. Rod will work for a net 0 % tax increase for two years (limit to rate of inflation). This contrasts with County’s own forecast, that has taxes rising each of three years until 2020 – with rates as high as 4.79 % per year.
The plan is subject to the Provincial government’s proposed tax changes, which could have a deeply negative effect on the County’s tax base. In that event, under my leadership the County will work hard to neutralize the negative consequences.
· Promote free enterprise to support our quality of life. Cut red tape; speed up business approvals. None of the Strathcona County’s Executive Team’s Corporate Business Plan goals speak to a pro–industry culture to support our standard of living. If it’s not in the plan, it won’t get done and the culture will not be created.
· Professional Standards. Stick to budgets, clear reporting. Clear reporting must come from elected officials, and Administration needs to provide a full and timely disclosure. Case in point, the County’s Canadian Award for Financial Reporting did not prevent the $8 million over spend debacle on the Emerald Hill’s pool.
· Energy Centre of Excellence. Team with business, governments and post secondary for Strathcona to take a more active role in branding, r &d and developing expertise. In speaking with industry, it is clear there is an important and needed role for municipalities such as ours to step up work networking with other communities to promote energy, to avoid duplication of initiatives, and to support prosperity while maintaining a green environment.
· Post Secondary Schooling. Continuing education supports growth, jobs, access to government grants, and adds to the culture of the community. To support our future success, Strathcona County needs a long-term vision for a post-secondary learning centre, but it is not even in the County Strategic Plan. What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done.
Get Out and Vote Rod - Monday, October 16!
· Hold Mayor Accountable on Salary Freeze.
Has grown 12% from $109,704 to $122,785, despite:
“My newly reduced salary will be the same amount per month, and stay that amount for the four-year term.” [Mayor, December 2013] [Source for figures: - the County’s Governance Support Services department].
If elected Mayor, my proposal will be to put matters of salary and benefits to a truly independent committee, who’s decisions are binding and not subject to change by the Mayor and Council (like those recommendations of the 2015 public task force).
· Reverse Bremner – Wastes prime farmland. $1.38 Billion more expensive than options (source: County's Comparison Matrix (22nd March 2016)).
· Accountability on $8 million overrun on Emerald Hills pool. Enough said – those responsible for this debacle would not survive in the private sector. Accountability needs to come at the ballot box.
· Discretionary 1801 Honeypot Account Misuse.
· Failed Mission “We are Canada’s most liveable community”. County’s 2017 Community Talks, over 8000 residents provide feedback: County is “not affordable”; and is “socially disconnected.” In fact, affordability and connectedness have been identified as issues by the County since 2007. Meanwhile, Strathcona County dropped from No. 3 to 31 by MoneySense’s best places to live, while St. Albert stayed at 4.
· Reject cynical election year budgets.
· Accountability for $30M ag - facility: ensure taxpayer value.
Get Out and Vote Rod - Monday, October 16th!
· Working to have Mayor’s and Councillors’ wages and benefits determined by an independent committee. Elected officials should not be giving themselves raises. Wages should be calculated using the percentage change (up or down) of Alberta’s average weekly earnings.
· Working to Roll Back Mayor’s and Councillors’ Individual Accounts. These are far too rich. For example, in 2015 they were at $27,500, yet in Red Deer (a municipality with a similar population) councillors were at $11,500. Additionally, the discretionary 1801 Honeypot Account was available to council.
· Affirming councillors’ work is full time. In listening to thousands of citizens during this campaign, there is a concern among the electorate that there is still more work to be done to turn around the perception (or reality) that the work commitment of some elected officials is not fully to their elected role.
· Rod called first to axe 1/3 tax free salaries on March 8th, 2017, Feds later agreed on March 22. Mayor’s salary was $145,705 in real dollars; Councillors’ $82,890. Taxpayers suffer because our County Hall had to be forced by the law into stop doing something that should have been done away with years ago. The original purpose of this tax exemption was eliminated by the introduction of expense accounts and budgets for office expenses, and should have been given up.
Get out and Vote Rod – Monday, October 16th!
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I previously ran In the 2015 federal election in Strathcona County as a fiscal conservative and social progressive.
I ran to fight entitlements and to promote pipelines, energy and grow the economy. I take those principles into the 2017 election. The main issues of this campaign will be fiscal responsibility, along with a long-term vision for the County.
I moved to Sherwood Park with my family in 1963. After graduation from the University of Alberta with business and law degrees, I became a lawyer. I am the former Lawyer in Your Corner Columnist for the Sherwood Park News.
My leadership credentials in the business world include lead counsel closing a one-billion-dollar deal for one of the Big 3 carriers, one of the largest single telecom services deals in Canadian history.
In the legal field, I head the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section comprised of nearly 1000 expert antitrust lawyers.
In the non-profit sector, I was one of the original incorporaters of the local Elk Island Schools Education Foundation (REAL Foundation), and a former President/GM of the Wildcat Junior Football Club.
With two sons who grew up in the Park, I have also volunteered for over 15 years in local schools, and every sport out there – football, hockey, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse.
I look forward to serving as your Mayor.
NOW! Positive Change - Proven Leadership
The oil price drop has affected everyone. I run on a five – point plan, the core of which is designed to provide financial certainty for individuals and businesses.
First, net 0% increase in property taxes. I will work to see that taxes will not increase more than the rate of inflation for two years. This will provide stability for property owners and help every resident.
Second, fostering a pro-industry climate at County Hall. Front and centre, our Economic Development department will set the standard for a culture of business ennoblement, including speeding up business approvals.
Third, professional standards will be applied and followed on all County activities. Cost overruns are never acceptable. Transparency and clear reporting will be table stakes.
Fourth, for the long-term vision of the County, we need to be known as an Energy Center of Excellence. We will team with businesses, other levels of government, and post secondary institutions for Strathcona to take an active role in leading the industry in branding, in r&d, and in technology expertise. It will be net no cost to the taxpayer, as existing resources will be re-purposed.
Last, it is my belief that for our future success our County needs a strategy to have a post-secondary institution. Communities thrive when there are opportunities for life long learning. For example, a post secondary site in the energy field would be a natural fit.
PROTECT YOUR WALLET
The current local government is out of touch with the economic reality most citizens face:
· Holding the Mayor accountable on the salary freeze. The mayor’s salary has grown 12% in four years, to $122,785. The Mayor stated, however, in December 2013: “I reduced my Mayoral salary by 5% and froze it for the remainder of the four-year term I will be serving as Mayor. My newly reduced salary will be the same amount per month, and stay that amount for the four-year term.”
· Accountability on $8 million overrun on Emerald Hills pool.
· Discretionary 1801 honeypot account misuse. For example, taxpayers funded $1,380 for a councillor’s AUMA Board of Director’s election run.
· A failed mission. Council shot for “We are Canada’s most liveable community.” As evidenced by Community Talks, it has not succeeded. Findings included that the County is “not affordable”; and is “socially disconnected.” Meanwhile, we dropped from No. 3 to 31 by MoneySense’s best places to live, while St. Alberta stayed at 4. We’re going down hill.
I will end the culture of entitlement at County Hall. There will be a plan to restore economic reality and protect your wallet:
· Rolling back Mayor’s and Councillors’ individual accounts. They are far too rich. For example, taxpayers paid $3,850 for a councillor’s self help course that “gives you emotional tools …so that you can enjoy the banquet of life instead of just settling for the crumbs.”
· Affirming councillors’ work is full time.
· Having Mayor and Councillors' wages determined by an independent committee, calculated by looking at the percentage change of Alberta’s average weekly earnings (up or down).
It’s time for a proven leader, and positive change.
This campaign is about restoring fiscal responsibility at County Hall, while providing a long-term vision of an energy centre and life long learning for our citizens.
Get Out and Vote Rod - Monday, October 16, 2017
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