Frank Pullia – Focus on Fundamentals Needed at City Hall
THUNDER BAY – CIVIC POLITICS – Frank Pullia has announced that he will be running for Councillor at Large in the 2014 municipal election.
Pullia say his decision was prompted by 3 fundamental issues facing our city.
- Middle class families and seniors are feeling squeezed financially by higher taxes and user fees and worrying about their future and that of their children
- Increasing levels of crime fuelled by addiction and the need for better community safety
- The lack of clear direction for the future
Frank Pullia on Campaign 2014
“Recognizing the need for financial oversight with large projects like the Event Centre (with a price tag that almost doubled from $60 to $114 million before the drawings are even finished), youth unemployment at historically high levels (now over 20%), and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Money Sense Magazine, and the Fraser Institute, all raising concerns about the future of our city, many citizens have encouraged me to run for Council,” comments Pullia. “They want me to use my background and experience to help our city deal with the challenges as well as opportunities that lay ahead”.
Frank Pullia believes in our potential as a city, but recent changes in our economy (especially with the slowdown in mining), and transfer payments from the province being cut due to their ever growing debt, have the potential to undermine our city and region’s economy and future prosperity. Now is the time for fiscal prudence and a steady hand.
As a Certified Management Accountant and MBA who owns his own Accounting & Consulting Business serving Small & Medium sized Enterprises in Thunder Bay and region, Pullia says he can bring to the Council table proven financial management expertise that allowed him to play a key role as Vice-Chair of Administrative Services Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee in lowering tax increases from a high of 7% in 2006 to a low of 1.8% in 2010 while maintaining services and investing in infrastructure and roads.
“It was during my last term of council that Thunder Bay’s ranking as the ‘Most Livable City in Canada’ went from 84 in 2006 to the top 20 in 2010. Unfortunately, in the last 4 years it has dropped dramatically and in 2014 stands at 109″, states Pullia. This is one of the main reasons why I am running for office. We can and need to do better than that, for our citizens and the future prosperity and well-being of our community”.
For more information visit www.frankpullia.com