Some questions that need to be asked at city hall

If elected I will request the City Administrator to schedule open meetings 
of each department with the new Council to inform them of current operations.
I will be asking the following questions. 
What are your operational priorities? 
What have they cost annually for the last 4 years? 
What do you expect them to cost this coming year? 
What cost savings are possible? 
Which external sources create problems for your operations and spending? 
Are there new sources of revenue possible? 
What issues affect your operations? 
What are your sick and overtime issues? 
What abuses occur? How do you deal with this? 
Is compensation sought when someone damages or harms the department? 
 
How do you receive, respond to, deal with, and resolve problems or complaints? 
 
What is the solve rate? How many remain unsolved? 
 
How many tickets have you issued annually in the last 3 years? 
How many are paid? 
How many are solved? 
Do you have false complaints? 
How do you deal with this? 
 
As a citizen and tax payer, what would you recommend to make City operations more efficient and cost effective? 

Good Governance and Public Safety are Essential

Gary Korpan

Hello fellow Nanaimo citizens, I am Gary Korpan respectfully asking for your vote as City Councillor on October 15, or at the Advance polls October 5 and 12 at Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road.

Nanaimo has been my home since 1967 and I truly believe that my responsibility is to serve our city in return for all the opportunities it has given me. I wish to help in our unending goal of making Nanaimo an even better, healthier, and safe place to work and live.

I am offering my extensive training, knowledge, and experience in municipal government as a candidate for the new City Council. My institutional memory of City operations will alert Council to issues newcomers will not be aware of. I know who to contact to solve citizen questions and problems quickly. 

By any objective standard, I have excellent qualifications as a candidate for City Council. I have a degree in political science; a degree in law with emphasis in constitutional law; post graduate courses in municipal government; 20 plus years running a law practice; 9 years Nanaimo City Councillor; 15 years as Nanaimo Mayor (1993-2008); 20 years on the Regional District.
I have wide community knowledge that would benefit the new Council ranging from City operations and budgeting, economic to environmental to social issues as well as experience in dealing with emergencies.
 
My employment as an Auxiliary Police officer with Victoria City Police under the Law Student Police Program gives me added insight into policing and social needs. My appointment to the BC Premier's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions gave me detailed knowledge of the homeless crisis.

Public Safety commitments: 
"Citizens, especially seniors, fear parts of our City, particularly Downtown."
We all deserve to feel safe throughout Nanaimo. 
I commit to ensuring City Council acts decisively on Public Safety with the following motions -
  • Strict enforcement of City bylaws. 
  • Remove squatters from public parks and City property. 
  • Strongly encourage police to enforce public safety laws. 
  • Demand Crown prosecution of chronic law breakers. 
  • Strongly encourage the Courts emphasize public safety and deterrence in sentencing, especially for chronic offenders. 
  • Strongly encourage senior governments to include community services penalties to all breaches of their laws, 
  • as well as updating all penalties to modern standards to better ensure deterrence and accountability.
Another high priority, if you elect me, will be good governance as witnessed by the positive cooperation of the diverse Council teams I had the honour of serving with and leading. Good decisions are based on following the fundamental Golden Rule principle of: "Treat others like you would like to be treated."
Councillors should respect each other, staff, and, most importantly, the citizens they are supposed to represent. 
Decision-making should be on the merits, for the greater community good...not, as currently, favouritism to special interests. 
Council needs to ensure staff are professional and work to solve peoples' problems as soon as reasonable without harming others. 

Citizen taxpayers expect and demand fiscal responsibility. I especially hate wasteful spending.
Nanaimo needs constant budgetary review of all City operations to ensure your hard earned tax money is well spent. All organizations receiving tax subsidies should undergo a detailed audit to ensure they truly deserve your money. I will recommend the new Mayor use their authority to have all questionable funding decisions and budget line items reconsidered by 
a recorded vote in open session. We should know exactly who wastes your tax money and who acts to ensure you get good value.

According to audited financial statements available online, the City of Nanaimo spent $181 million of your money this last year, 2021. That is a 9% increase from $166 million in 2020. With more recent inflation, including wage demands, the 2022 expenditures are expected to be substantially higher.

Large budgets often contain unnecessary, wasteful spending that only benefit special interest groups. Control of spending must be Council's immediate priority. Then, it must encourage investment and spur business expansion within a sustainable community that ensures good job creation and a greater quality of life for all its residents.

I have substantial experience advocating for Nanaimo with the senior levels of government.
I will work diligently to reinstate our positive 'Shared Vision' community partnership with the Port Authority, Snuneymuxw First Nation, School District 68, the Regional District, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Airport, etc. 

Together, Nanaimo has a great future.
Gary Korpan, candidate for Nanaimo City Council.
 
 
Vote KORPAN, Gary Richard  X   
 
Questions any time to 250-758-9445 or via garykorpan@telus.net or www.facebook.com/gary.korpan

Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you.

Voting day October 15, 2022  Advance polls October 5th and 12th at Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road
City of Nanaimo election information https://www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/elections
also, including Voting Locations here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UWVaRW7GDQ  or attached maps

Gary Korpan
250-758-9445
garykorpan@telus.net
www.facebook.com/gary.korpan

Budget Vigilance by City Council?

I recently asked pertinent City of Nanaimo Staff: 

"During the current budget deliberations, do you, or any of your fellow Finance Department colleagues, recall any Mayor or Council motions to cut spending, or in any way reduce the budget?

If so, can you please send me the motion(s) or direct me to the pertinent minutes."

The response I received from the Director of Legislative Services (effectively the City Clerk) was: 

"I can answer that having attended most of the Council meetings in the recent year(s)... 

There are no specific motions that I can recall that directed staff to cut the budget by a certain dollar amount or percentage.

...to answer your specific question I cannot think of that exact motion being made.  

I encourage you to view the Committee meetings if you can as they have a lot of great discussion by Council."

So now having read the adopted Minutes of the 26 meetings where Council could legally move motions 

to change the 2022 budget, I am unable to find a single motion to stop wasteful spending by the current City Council. 

(It should be noted that some Councillors, particularly Jim Turley, voted from time to time to oppose some budgetary items. 

However, there is no record of anyone specifically moving a motion to cut spending, or in any way reduce waste in the budget.)

According to audited financial statements available online, the City of Nanaimo spent $181 million of your money last year, 2021. 

That is a nine-per cent increase from $166 million in 2020. With more recent inflation, including wage demands, the 2022 expenditures 

in the adopted budget are substantially higher.   Large budgets often contain unnecessary, wasteful spending. 

Given the high tax increase during an election year you would have thought our City Council would have made a serious effort to reduce

wasteful spending if they wanted to be elected. Such an absence of effort indicates the incumbents have little or no interest in

seriously controlling the cost to the taxpayers.  Time for a change, you might well ask.  

I can think of several million dollars of your tax money continually wasted. 

Gary Korpan
250-758-9445
garykorpan@telus.net