With two months to go mayoral candidate Walt Cobb is taking his time releasing his full campaign platform.
Cobb, who officially kicked off his election campaign on Saturday with a barbecue for supporters, spoke to the Tribune on Monday about his platform and indicated he would be releasing it in pieces.
Cobb admits it’s a strategy aimed at minimizing criticism throughout the campaign.
His latest announcement was around managing City finances and improving economic opportunities.
Cobb says under his leadership — outside of fixed costs to the City — he’ll employ “zero-based budgeting,” which Cobb describes as starting with zero dollars rather than the cost expectations of, for example, contractual agreements or the rate of inflation.
“You look at what the community can afford,” he says. “Find efficiencies or do things differently.”
Cobb further advocates the creation of a policy for council to understand budget and project costs to avoid potential overruns.
As for economic opportunities, Cobb is tightlipped.
His campaign literature suggests “working with business and industry to grow our economy and create more employment and expand our tax base” but offers few details beyond involving industry and Williams Lake’s post-secondary institution.
Cobb indicates he will release more detailed information and further platform pillars in the weeks ahead.