Horgan wants property tax freeze if elected in Springwater

Francis Horgan says he wants the township to work with Huronia West OPP to improve community safety

Editor’s note: BarrieToday asked candidates for council in neighboring Springwater and Essa townships to provide a summary of why they are running for public office. Municipal elections take place on October 24. The following response is from Francis Horgan, who is running for Springwater Township Council in Ward 1. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 Municipal Elections page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and more election news.

My business plan…
*Because help is still needed to recover from the pandemic, propose a property tax freeze for 2023
* Incentives to bring new and different businesses and industries to Ward 1 and not starve hard-working businesses that are already there
* Bringing jobs to our community so our children can stay and have a local workplace

My plan for seniors…
* Propose a property tax freeze in 2023
* Work with BIA to get discounts from local businesses
* Develop a strategy similar to that of the Town of Innisfil to bring ride-sharing services (such as Lyft or Uber) to Ward 1
* Coordinate with EDHS to set up a program for students to help with snow removal and yard work for seniors in exchange for community service hours

My plan for families…
* Propose a property tax freeze for 2023
* Work with private child care providers and the province to implement the $10 per day child care rate
* Organize cooperation with a public service group (ex. YMCA) to set up new activities for families and children

My plan for our entire community…
* Continue to work with Simcoe County Housing to help create more affordable housing in Springwater Township
* Collaborate with Huronia West OPP to improve community safety; deter car burglars; and vandalism of commercial and residential properties
* Propose and plan an annual summer music festival featuring local artists at multiple community venues
* Propose and plan an annual winter carnival and/or township-wide ball hockey tournament

About me…
I was born and raised in this community. I graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and Elmvale District Secondary School. I also attended Georgian College through the business program and later the security program.

Since 1987 I have been employed by a wide variety of companies located here in Elmvale – including Source for Sports (with Tim Belcourt), Watson Sports and
Sears Depot (Jim Watson) and, of course, the Palace Tavern.

My brother, Sean, and I had dreamed of buying the Palace Tavern and running it together. After his accidental death in 2002, I went ahead and achieved our dream; buying the Palace myself in 2003.