Election about transparency and accountability

Supplied photo - Casey Biko
Supplied photo – Casey Biko

The 2014 municipal election is about transparency and accountability, said Casey Biko, as he announced his candidacy for Ward 2.
“I want a council that holds themselves, the city, and mayor to account on decision-making and where our money is spent. This election is my opportunity to do that,” said Biko.
Biko, who has always had an interest in local government, said he’s the type of person that’s going to ask the tough questions and get the answers that people really want to know.
“There are too many unanswered questions. We have the highest taxes in the Niagara Region, the lowest housing starts, and we’ve sold off a revenue generator in Port Colborne Hydro. All of this and we don’t have a final capital cost on the Vale Centre from the city. I will hold this government to account and get the answers we need.”
The final capital expenditure of the Vale Centre has not been presented to city council to date, he said.
“If our city councillors aren’t asking for it, are they really doing their job?”
Biko, a production technician at Jungbunzlauer, also added that he would like to see more votes from council meeting recorded for public record.
“There is no way to prove if the councillor who represents you actually has your best interests unless you attend the council meeting yourself. To me, this election is about transparency and accountability. Let the record show where you stand.”
Biko said it has been frustrating to sit on the sidelines and watch so many questions go unanswered and council not do anything about it.
“It’s time that we change how we do business in Port Colborne. The people of Port Colborne want change, and I believe the results of this coming election will show just that.”
Biko’s roots are firmly planted in Ward 2 where his family had a long-established restaurant on Main St., and later, where he had his own business.