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Steve Hencze

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Owen Sound City Council Candidate

1) Yes or No: Should Owen Sound allow bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops to operate in its boundaries? Why?

Yes other cities have done very well with this concept .. Take Amsterdam for example ... Super low crime rate ... very healthy economy ... and pot cafe's and legal sex ....

2) Yes or No: Should Owen Sound lower its property tax rate? If yes, how would you achieve this? If no, why?

How on earth would they lower taxes when they are already short funds to keep up .. We are in a huge funk ... We need to market / promote this area better to investors .... Owen Sound can't remain this sleepy little city ... Its 2018 ...

3) Yes or No: Should Owen Sound continue to offer a vacancy rebate on commercial and industrial property? Why?

No ... Empty stores look bad to people wanting to invest here ... It's been documented from other cities that getting rid of the rebate forces landlords to rent out store fronts

4) What is your plan to attract new industry and jobs to Owen Sound?

The reality here is many things ... Lots of companies will not come here due to lack of education in our work force ... They already have tons in the cities .. Plus most industry now requires high tech skills ... I say more big box on the east side ... But better ones that offer good pay .. pension .. benefits ... example Ikea / Costco .. Also more care facilities that pay better ... Average PSW gets $16 per hour ... Shameful ... The city needs a marketing campaign to link up with investors  ... In the city .. Example a booth at CNE ... Wrap some TTC buses with ad's for the area ... Attend trade shows .. Franchise shows ... Hunting shows ... Boat shows. Get out there ... hustle

5) What is one other issue facing Owen Sound you would like to speak to, and how will you address this if elected?

We HAVE to push push push the Federal government to get there buts in gear to help us clean that chemical bath called the Harbor ... Sarnia did it ... We should be meeting with them and ask for help .. I read a 1977 ministry report that deemed it one of the worse out of 6 harbors they tested .... Yet the city .. people are lead to believe it's on because the chemicals are settled so don't disturb it ... Wow

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