Jennifer Anstey: Ward 3

  1. If elected, what would be your top 2 priorities for King Township and how would you work to address them?
    1. Taxes – In the 2022 budget, King Township staff have indicated that based on current projections the town’s budget will need to increase by 4.62% for 2023, 4.41% for 2024, and 3.56% for 2025. Funding this will require a tax increase to residents who already pay a premium to live in the community. As a councillor with a solid financial background, I will diligently review proposed projects and expenditures to help council make responsible decisions with your tax dollars.
    2. Housing – King needs to work to build a better mix of housing options in settlement areas that respect the guidelines outlined in King’s Official Plan. With a larger variety of housing options at different price points, businesses will have a more diverse pool of employees to draw from which will in turn attract more businesses which can help financially support the Township.

 

  1. Do you support encouraging future employment growth within King Township and, if so, what kind of jobs would you like to see coming to King and how would you propose to attract them?

King Township absolutely needs to encourage employment growth which has a number of positive effects:
A. Businesses pay a higher tax rate and thus positively contribute to the Town’s coffers.

  1. The ability to work closer to home reduces hours spent commuting which is both better for the environment and allows people to be more productive.
  2. Time savings contribute to a better work/life balance and permits greater flexibility in daily planning.

 

With the recent addition of high-speed internet being integrated into the Township, there is no end to the type of businesses that King can attract, particularly since more employees are demanding to work from home. Almost any small or medium sized business – which already employ 85% of Canada’s labour force – would be well suited in King. As your councillor, I would emphasize knowledge-based businesses that require skilled labour such as professional, scientific and technical services which are already the second highest employers in the Small to Medium sized businesses category. In fact, being located in King would be a great way for businesses to attract workers which is a particular challenge for many employers at the moment. Employers would have a large pool of labour to draw from with over one million people in York Region alone while employees would have a better quality of life with King’s abundant natural spaces.

 

To attract these businesses, I would work with King’s Economic Development officer to create a marketing package to be distributed to the appropriate business associations that promotes the value of having a business in King.

 

  1. What, if anything, do you think the Township of King could be doing to better serve and support our existing business community?

With our rich agricultural heritage, better promoting eco-tourism would be the very best way to better support many of our existing businesses. King offers a variety of Agri-Tourism destinations including Arts, Equestrian, Events and Outdoor Recreation which are ideal for attracting the millions of people that are just a short drive from King. To attract more visitors to these opportunities, King needs to create more awareness by better communicating availability. This could be achieved with a website dedicated to visitors such as is done with the York-Durham Headwaters website (https://yorkdurhamheadwaters.ca/). This user-friendly and visually appealing website is designed specifically to appeal to those looking for a day of activities and includes itineraries for interesting stops, road trip ideas, art tours, and more.