Fort Saskatchewan's business community gathered at the DCC to pose their questions to the mayoral and councillor candidates.
 
Numerous topics were brought up, including the importance of teamwork on council and issues of the city's finances and budgeting process.
 
Candidate Ed Sperling agreed with businesses concerned with the city's fiscal matters.
 
"Three things we need to pay more attention to, one is our financial reporting in this city, [it] has to get better, number two is our budgeting process and we need a better capital project process," said Sperling.
 
He's concerned about the numerous cost overruns on projects from the animal control kennels to the curling arena renovations.
 
Candidate Lisa Makin wants to see businesses and residents work together to build and grow the Fort.
 
"I would really like to see a community of team happen between those two taxpayers," explained Makin. "Right now the policies that are in place kind of pit residents against businesses and at the end of the day, businesses need residents and residents need businesses. We need to work together to get policies that are equitable for everybody."
 
She too wants to see a new budgeting process to help control cost overruns and meet the needs of both businesses and residents.
 
The question period was put on by the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and saw nearly every seat taken.

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