Melville Times - - Opinion -

THE City of Melville made an er­ror with the in­voices for un­der­ground power when it was in­stalled for Melville South Ratepay­ers and we had to pay for their mis­take.

In any busi­ness, or­gan­i­sa­tion, ser­vice or in­dus­try, the cus­tomer pays the bill in full then the trans­ac­tion is ended.

It would be lu­di­crous to be con­tacted months later by any of the above providers and told to pay more than the asked for price be­cause a mis­take had been made.

So why is the City of Melville dif­fer­ent from any of th­ese?

I am of the opinion that what has been done is wrong and will con­tinue to com­plain about this. It is wrong.

To add in­sult to in­jury, there is no re­dress for or­di­nary ratepay­ers.

I have con­tacted var­i­ous agen­cies in an at­tempt to right the wrong, from the se­nior ac­coun­tant who ad­mit­ted mak­ing the mis­take, my lo­cal coun­cil­lor, through to Cit­i­zens Ad­vice, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Of­fice, lo­cal MP, Om­buds­man and the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

They all passed me on to oth­ers. One lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer gave me a small lec­ture on democ­racy.

Well it should work both ways, but if you are an or­di­nary ratepayer for­get it.

We do how­ever have a voice in elec­tions – coun­cil, state and fed­eral.

I would urge any­one to use their vote in the up­com­ing lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions and try to elect peo­ple who have in­tegrity, hon­esty and a will­ing­ness to stand up for what is right. MARY ED­WARDS Melville

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