Get out and vote this Saturday

Given the importance of what municipal governments provide, make sure you vote

Editor, The Record:

A letter to the residents of Mission:

Do you appreciate turning on your tap and getting good, clean water? Do you enjoy driving on well-maintained roads? Do you put your garbage, recyclables and compost out to the curb every week? Do you value a safe neighbourhood? We can’t take these services for granted.

As residents, we should do what we can to keep these services offered efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. The municipal election campaign is underway and this is our opportunity to determine who is going to be making decisions on our behalf.

The decisions made by municipal governments affect our daily lives more than those made by any other level of government, and yet, voter turnout at municipal elections is dismal. Mission faces some very challenging years ahead. Let’s get out and vote and let the new council know that a majority of us do care about our community. A large voter turnout will send a message that council will be held to account for their decisions.

The voter eligibility rules are pretty straightforward. You must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older and be able to prove that you have been a resident of B.C. for six months, and a resident, or property owner, in Mission for at least 30 days. For something that will affect your daily life for the next three years and beyond, your task is pretty simple.

Get out and vote on Nov. 19.

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