During election campaigns you often hear candidates make idle promises that they will "cut taxes" and "reduce spending." These claims that are made by people who have no knowledge or understanding of municipal finances. They are seldom realistic and usually not achievable.
During Pat’s terms in office she has never made unachievable promises. She has always promised to provide necessary services to residents of Mississauga while controlling expenditures and costs at the City and Region.
Budgeting is about maintaining the service levels that keep our city healthy while keeping any required increases as low as possible.
Pat has always brought a business-like approach to budgets. More importantly, she understands municipal finance.
Mississauga is in a good financial situation. This is due to the past decisions made by Councillors like Pat Saito.
Reserves that were set up years ago have ensured that Mississauga has not had to borrow for capital projects for many years. Council knew that the day would come when debt financing would be required. It is imperative that the people managing that debt and making the decisions are knowledgeable about City finances and can make the right decisions. Pat has proven she can do that. Pat ensures that your hard earned tax dollars work for you as effectively as possible. Ward 9 needs a representative who has a record of making sound business decisions. Pat has demonstrated this over her years on Council and she will continue to do the best job for the residents of Ward 9 and Mississauga.
Through Pat’s involvement the City will see increased revenues from other sources than tax dollars for the first time in years. This was achieved through implementation of the hotel destination tax that will bring in about $10 million annually. These monies will totally fund all tourism programs as well as supporting the local festivals and cultural activities and remove these costs from the tax budget.
Pat also stated in 2014 that she would like to see the dividend from Enersource (Hydro Mississauga) increase. As a board member of Enersource, Pat worked with staff and the board to realize a merger with other utilities that has increased the value of the City’s ownership of our utility and that will see a large increase in dividends in future years.
Pat continues to scrutinize city and region budget requests and has voted against expenditures that she does not feel are in the best interests of the citizens and that add an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.