District of Hope: Council candidate Q&A
(Matt T.) Matthew Steberl
Q1: What experience do you have that makes you suited to be a councillor for the District of Hope?
I went to Columbia Bible College to get an education in leadership. I owned a small business in Hope, and I’m now a partner with CANUSA Developments.
Q2: What are the two most pressing issues facing the district? How do you plan to address them? (be specific)
A budget restructure is in order, more needs to get done for the community, we need to trim the fat.
-we need to talk with developers and do what it takes to get affordable houses built.
-And we need to get bigger companies into Hope to boost our economy.
Q3: Many residents of Hope struggle with availability and affordability of housing and basic necessities. This is compounded by a job market with many low-paying jobs and many residents living on fixed incomes. If elected, what will you do to make Hope a place where people can live, work and play comfortably?
The cost of living needs to be less. A rental assessment board should be created to establish realistic prices. We need to make the building and permitting process more streamlined. And most of all, we need to adjust taxes so that the people with more pay more.
Q4: How do you plan to listen to and communicate with residents of Hope if you are elected? (be specific)
I’m going to continue to be active on social media, my personal phone number will be made available. I want to make it easy to communicate with me.
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