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The race for Point Douglas councilor is getting more competitive with the addition of a new candidate.
Business owner and local resident Filippo Palmisani registered to run for city council for the ward on July 17 and is one of four candidates running for the seat, which current councillor Mike Pagtakhan has decided not to seek again.
Palmisani is the owner of Centurion Enterprises located at 976 McPhillips St. and previously ran for city council in 1991, when he was living in North Kildonan. Now, a resident of the Shaughnessy Park area for the past 15 years, he is looking for a chance to implement new ideas to benefit the city.
"I’m just tired of seeing the same old stuff. The city seems to be going backward," Palmisani said. "I don’t think they are progressive in their thinking how to do things."
As someone who has lived his entire life in Winnipeg, Palmisani sees how the city’s administration has changed and thinks it needs to be different to serve its current needs.
He has several ideas that could help lower the city spending budget and help Winnipeg become more attractive to businesses that will invest and create jobs.
He is proposing the City eliminate new growth fees, arguing that this is driving homeowners out of Winnipeg due to high property taxes.
"You can’t keep raising property tax, everybody’s got a fixed income. You got to think something different. I think the City should have its own sales tax and cut property tax," he stated.
"The City is increasing in area, but our tax base is not increasing. But yet City expenses are going up…and they are not addressing that."
He also wants to see the City be more aggressive in attracting businesses that provide high-paying jobs. One way to do that is to offer what we have abundantly, such as Hydro.
"Why aren’t you trying to bring in some industry? Why aren’t you going to Ford or Mack Truck or somebody and just even say ‘OK, come put this plant here, and we will give you electricity for half.’ Make a deal with (Manitoba) Hydro," he continued.
To get in contact with Palmisani and learn more about his platform, email email@example.com
Community journalist — The Times
Ligia Braidotti was the community journalist for The Times.