Why are we still here? Great Question!

The Turner Valley Rate Payers Board is a “grass roots” organization. Our only mandate comes from our right as citizens to public assembly and free speech. When a group of citizens recognize shared concerns, they have every right to advocate for those concerns. When those concerns are regarding local, Provincial or Federal governments, then under our current and, hopefully, continuing system of government we should feel an obligation to press for change. You can call us a lobby group or a special interest group if you like. For you “conspiracy theory” types, you can even refer to us as a “shadow Council” (also watch out for our black helicopters). The fact is we are your neighbors, your business patrons, and your church members. If we are concerned and wish to take lawful action to pursue an agenda of less taxes, increased accountability and transparency of government at any level in this country then that is ours to do.

Voting in an election does not absolve the voter of further responsibility. Campaigning and winning an election does not guarantee that those elected will act on the rhetoric and promises that got them elected. Milton Friedman, a noted American Economist and recipient of a Nobel Prize in Economics, pointed out a new administration has about 6 months to effect change. After that point the “tyranny of the Status Quo will assert itself and prevent further change”. The Turner Valley Rate Payers Board has made a long-term commitment to promote change in our community.

The Turner Valley Rate Payers Board reflects and promotes the following ideals. The information below is from an international organization that promotes excellence in municipal management. It is written from the perspective of a Municipal manager (CAO). From the Code of Ethics Guidelines and Declaration of Ideals of the International City Management Association Founded in 1914.

  1. Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
  1. Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
  2. Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all of the people.

And from their Declaration of Ideals:

Recognize the right of citizens to influence decisions that affect their well-being; advocate a forum for meaningful citizen participation and expression of the political process; and facilitate the clarification of community values and goals.

 

If you require further explanation on who we are and why we are still here, please feel free to email me – info@turnervalleyratepayers.ca

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