Election 2018: Q&A with Tim Palmer

Candidate for Revelstoke City Council

Current job/career:

I run a consulting business focused on helping local government to perform better.

Why do you live in Revelstoke?

We came to Revelstoke over eight years ago to work for the municipality. Today it is our choice to continue to make Revelstoke our home and enjoy all the community vibrancy, the outstanding natural amenities and endless recreational opportunities. I have lived in several wonderful communities in British Columbia, Revelstoke is on the top of the list of amazing places.

Why are you running for council?

I am concerned about the lack of municipal elected experience amongst the candidates; my experience will help fill this gap. The second reason I’m running for council is that I have experience, knowledge and skills to make valuable contributions to the Council table. I have worked directly for eight different councils in five communities as CAO (Chief Administrative Officer). This first-hand experience will help to navigate the challenges the new council will face. I have observed the typical novice council, with their aspiration to make meaningful change expeditiously, quickly shattered due to the huge learning curve and other barriers they face. I can help mitigate this risk. Third, running for council is an opportunity for personal growth and development.

Why do you think you are qualified for the job?

I have worked in local government for over 25 years as a tradesperson, public works supervisor, engineering director, and Chief Administrative Officer. Previously, I worked in construction and manufacturing. This background will be invaluable in understanding the breadth and complexity of issues that council will be faced with.

What do you think the city should do to fund current and future infrastructure needs?

Municipal finance is much more complex that is commonly understood. Careful consideration of this along with balancing the overall interests of residents, businesses and development is needed. The budget process is a major responsibility of the council. Several financial tools along with lobbying of provincial and national governments need to be utilized to address current and future infrastructure needs.

What do you think the city should do to address affordability for the average citizen?

First and foremost, we need to ensure that building and development applications are processed efficiently and timely. The current backlog is unacceptable and is contributing to the housing crisis. Additionally, there needs to be more incentives for appropriate development that will enable the private sector to create the urgently needed affordable and achievable housing.

What other issues would you want addressed if you were elected?

I want the new Council to focus immediately on strategic planning to ensure we can effectively address the large number of items that need to be addressed over the next four years.

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