Crosty vows to freeze property taxes if elected mayor of New Westminster

James Crosty, a local businessman and president of the Quayside Community Board announced he'll run for mayor of New Westminster at the next civic election scheduled for Nov. 19.

"I can bring New West forward as an essential hub of the Greater Vancouver region instead of the economically challenged bedroom community it has become," said Crosty in a press release.

Tackling "trains, taxes and transportation" is the way to reach that goal, according to Crosty, who has been advocating for rail noise reduction in the Quay area for several years.

"The cessation of rail noise, vibration and whistles between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. is a realistic goal. No new tax for residents and no tax increases for business is completely feasible. Moving traffic in and out of New Westminster expeditiously and effectively without penalizing residents should be expected," Crosty said.

Crosty's fiscal priorities would be different from the current administration's, he said. Rather than spending $34 million on "Wright's Pier Park," Crosty said, New Westminster residents would have preferred to spend $10 million to completely stop rail noise.

Refurbishing the Canada Games Pool, saving Massey Theatre and improving roads and infrastructure are some other projects which Crosty thinks residents would have chosen over Westminster Pier Park.

"I believe that we can do better—both fiscally and developmentally," said Crosty. "We need a mayor who understands what importance business plays in New Westminster. I have my business in the city—the current mayor does not."

Crosty stated that as mayor he would reduce the city's cost overruns by hiring fewer consultants and by talking to developers about the importance of substantial Development Cost Charges to the community.

"I will always respect the current administration for the decade of hard work they have given to New Westminster. However, a decade is long enough for anyone to be in the top position and it is time for new, fresh, and fiscally sound ideas," Crosty said.

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