Priorities for Hudson

Hudson is a great town.

Now it needs leadership and action to make it shine.

My priorities are simple: fix basic infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, water) and get taxes and spending under control.

 

Roads and sidewalks are a mess. It's clear to everyone that the streets need improvement to ensure they are safe for all. For instance, when a stroller can't pass someone using a walker on the sidewalk, there's a problem. Someone has to walk out into the street and cars breeze through the village at unsafe speeds for pedestrians. It's dangerous for all.

Proper planning and action will change this. I have the experience to lead the change. I will act to ensure our streets are safe and that we use best practices in construction and design.

After another summer of water bans we have to act to ensure that water, our most precious resource, will continue to serve our needs. Currently, water consumption is outpacing supply. We need to act to increase the supply. As a founding director of the watershed council of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, a landscape architect and the former member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, I have the breadth of knowledge to understand the problem and develop an action plan to tackle questions surrounding water conservation and supply in Hudson.

With the dire need to fix our infrastructure, it's upsetting and puzzling that municipal taxes have risen since 2013 at 3 times the rate of inflation. That's far more taxes per capita than citizens pay in any of the surrounding communities like St-Lazare, Ste-Marthe, Rigaud, etc... Facts are facts. It's harder to attract new citizens to Hudson because the taxes here are high. Spending, too, has increased without much improvement to show for it. This has to change. I want to bring taxes in line with inflation (or lower) and reign in expenses. 

In the coming weeks, I will be releasing my remedial action plan to get Hudson back on track. We have a great town. With your support, we'll make it even better.

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  • commented 2017-08-06 13:14:38 -0400
    Thanks for your comments, Trevor. My priority is to make Hudson walkable. Any increase in traffic would run counter to that priority.
  • commented 2017-08-06 13:06:20 -0400
    Keep Hudson small – can you imagine present Saturday traffic becoming the weekday norm?Think of the nightmare Saturday traffic would be with 2,000 more people. Resist ‘growth’ and maintain our way of life.