Town Council candiate - Ellen Tzakis (submitted photo)

Town Council candidate – Ellen Tzakis

I am willing to take on the challenge of governance with an open mind.

I am Ellen, and I am vying for one of the 6 positions as a Councillor for the Town of Creston. I am a new candidate, and I am willing to take on the challenge of governance with an open mind. I work hard regardless of the task I am undertaking.

My dedication to the people of our community and my appreciation of current issues in the Creston Valley helped me to decide that it was time for me to give back to our community. I look forward to supporting action committees that will benefit our community, our people, and those to come, be they children or new residents.

I’m a third generation Crestonite, married for 41 years to Tom. We raised our two daughters in Creston. Our three grand girls keep us very busy. One of our daughters and her family moved back to Creston to raise their twin girls. Our other daughter lives in Cranbrook with her family.

I have been an Ambassador for Save On Foods for nearly 30 years and still love my job, so much so, that I received a “Personal Achiever Award”, from The Jimmy Pattison Group, in recognition of Outstanding Performance/Achievement.

I am for a safe, affordable fire hall for our community and for our firefighters.

I am a Creston resident and have been a taxpayer for 41 years. I support those candidates who also pay Town of Creston taxes. I believe that every citizen wants to be consulted as to what service levels they want and how much they are willing to pay for them.

I supported the No Referendum last year and was one of the 60% of those voters who voted No to borrowing 6.1 million dollars for a fire hall that was beyond our means.

The Town of Creston appears not to be listening to the citizens of our community. Now is the time to vote No again!

The pending referendum has not changed. Only the dollar amount and the amortization period have been amended. The ask by the Town of Creston and the RDCK, combined, equals $4.5 million plus interest at 3.9% over 3 decades which equates to principal and interest totaling over $8.1 million. If they are obtained, grant monies will help.

As an elected official, and a voter, I will work positively towards fiscal responsibility; holding taxes, reducing frivolous spending, etc. It appears there is endless uncontrolled spending and an unlimited budget in many of the town departments. Town Hall staff and senior administrative department wages are a major concern for citizens.

Economic development; recruiting new businesses, finding and soliciting entrepreneurs, growing tourism, increasing tax revenue, etc. All are needed!

Affordable low-income housing for seniors and young people. Can we reduce services costs for developers, building to alleviate our rental housing shortfall? Can we entice developers to our community? All questions I’d like to work to answer, positively.

Infrastructure (our bones) needs a more cost structured budget/plan and follow through, with the utmost in transparency.

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