ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Bob Jones

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Bob Jones in Sidney

  • Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Bob Jones

Occupation: Retired police officer.

Background: Resident of Sidney for 31 years, former councillor 1987-2008. Former police officer in Oak Bay. Provincial Special Constable and Peace Officer (36 years). Wife Debi Rich-Jones with two adult children.


1.  Why are you running for council?

I am running to represent the taxpayer as an advocate of reasonable spending by council, with corresponding low tax impacts.


2.  What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?

1) Review of the Official Community Plan and local area plans. 2) Review the Town’s capital spending plans and amend if possible to minimize tax impacts. 3) Re-assess all currently proposed major projects.


3.  Is council’s relationship with the business community adequate and what would you change if elected?

I feel that the current relationship with the business community by council is adequate. Council has a responsibility to provide infrastructure and an environment in which business can be successful.

While striving to reduce tax impacts for all, I would never advocate doing it at the expense of the residential taxpayer. Ongoing liaison with business should be pursued to ensure we are being as responsive to their needs as is possible.


4.  What sort of balance should Sidney seek to achieve on its waterfront land?

Sidney waterfront lands belong to the residents and should be maintained as such.

In my view there is  the potential for better use of our ferry terminal property.


5.  How would you contribute to people’s enjoyment in living, working and playing in Sidney?

I will work tirelessly to see Sidney remain a safe and livable community.

Taxes ideally should remain as close to CPI as is reasonable and current amenities should be maintained and/or improved.

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