Each of the four main Montreal municipal parties has a candidate in Pierrefonds-Roxboro looking to replace Monique Worth, who retired after 23 years in politics, 12 of them as mayor in the borough.
With no industry and property taxes the main source of revenue, the borough is a challenge when it comes to keeping taxes at a reasonable level.
Team Denis Coderre's Jim Beis said one way to save money is to stop contracting out.
"We have our employees in place, we have the expertise in place," Beis said.
Christian Dubois of Coalition Montreal-Marcel Coté is focusing on more and better services.
"People do not get the level of service they deserve versus the tax they pay," Dubois said.
Projet Montreal's Michael Labelle said the two outgoing councillors are all talk.
"Where were you when for all these years, when all this was going on, why weren't you speaking out? I was," Labelle said.
Political newbie Karim Metwalli, who's running for Mélanie Joly, said better budgeting is a priority.
"If you look at how much they're spending for the different projects that they've signed on for, you'll see it makes no sense," Metwalli said.
Dubois said his eight years of being a city councillor gives him an edge over his rivals.
"It's not that easy to jump into politics and make promises," Dubois said.
Labelle hasn't served on Pierrefonds council since 2001 but he argues he's been a faithful city hall watchdog.
"I was actively involved with Projet Montreal throughout the years so I'm pretty well involved on the big city issues and what's going on," Labelle said.
Beis has been borough councillor for four years and says community involvement is key.
"I am somebody who has been connected to the public and has been that way for 25 years and for me, nothing is possible unless the public gets involved," Beis said.
Metwalli said he sees eye-to-eye with his party leader on the experience issue.
"We had career politicians in place and we saw what that led to."