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Ward 4 Councillor Jane Stroud Seeking Re-Election

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Ward 4 Councillor Jane Stroud Seeking Re-Election

Long-time councillor Jane Stroud is looking to, once again, win her Ward 4 seat in October’s municipal election.

She’s seeking her third straight term as the representative for Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, and Conklin. Over the past four-years, Stroud was a part of seven committees including rural, audit, oversight, and the Bill 21 Steering Committee.

She tells Mix News she wants to return to see the end dates of many ongoing projects.

“I just want to ensure that all the projects that have gone through during the last four-years are completed in a timeline that we’ve set out by council so those are really important items for me to work with.”

This includes the Anzac Fire Hall and the region’s costliest project – the rural, water, sewer, and road rehabilitation work happening in the southern rural communities.

Stroud notes her experience would also serve well on a council which will see at least four new faces with the departures of Mayor Melissa Blake, Tyran Ault, Colleen Tatum, and Sheldon Germain.

This means dealing with Bill 21 as the region looks to move to a new 5:1 tax ratio.

“It will be a challenge to meet that requirement,” added Stroud.

Stroud notes council has been lobbying to get rural small businesses out of the same tax rate as industry. So far, the results have left her rather “disappointed.”

“Within the new municipal government act changes, there will only be a 25 per cent discrepancy between the highest and lowest within the classification.”

As the RMWB continues to deal with the new ratio, Stroud is hoping to see a larger difference if these small businesses continue to remain in the same tax rate and don’t get in line with the taxes urban businesses pay.

The only other candidate in Ward 4 is Kevin Tremblay.

Election day is October 16.

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