Con­cerns about how tax dol­lars are spent

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

When Wal­ter and I came to Car­bon­ear, there was a per­son who re­searched the way the town spent some of its tax rev­enue. He dis­cov­ered some money had been spent on al­co­hol and par­ties for town em­ploy­ees.

I see noth­ing wrong with giv­ing town em­ploy­ees a turkey or ham at Christ­mas­time. At the same time, as a tax­payer and con­cerned res­i­dent of this town, I feel an­other new truck for the pub­lic works di­rec­tor is crazy. He got a new pickup last year so that he could put a san­der in the back to help with sand­ing the streets, which was a great idea. Now he wants an SUV?

I be­lieve it would be much more cost ef­fec­tive to take a taxi wher­ever he wants to go. With the cost of the ve­hi­cle, main­te­nance, in­sur­ance and fuel, a taxi would be much less ex­pen­sive.

The tax­pay­ers of Car­bon­ear gave $500 to the PC Party for their fundraiser. Shouldn’t all provin­cial par­ties be treated equally? Who went to the din­ner?

Car­bon­ear has been here for many years and has had a pop­u­la­tion over 4,000 for many years. What is the prob­lem with get­ting a grant to re­pair our wharf and boat launch?

I know of a town here in east­ern New­found­land and Labrador with a pop­u­la­tion of 74 that re­ceived a grant to re­pair its wharf. Who is in charge of re­quest­ing grants from the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments?

Why are we pay­ing a salary for an en­force­ment of fi­cer when he is very re­stricted on what he is able to do? He can’t give park­ing tick­ets, or speed­ing tick­ets. I would like to know ex­actly what au­thor­ity he re­ally has.

We have been here since 2009 and we have at­tended all of the coun­cil meet­ings. Where is our town plan­ner or who is our town plan­ner? We don’t know who he or she is.

As soon as vis­i­tors en­ter our town via Pow­ell Drive, they can see the town is not look­ing af­ter our roads that serve as the main ar­ter­ies en­ter­ing our town.

What hap­pened to the re­sults of the study by Tract Con­sult­ing? Wal­ter and I had in­put into this study, but we still haven’t heard or seen any­thing since.

Is this the way we want our tax dol­lars spent? De­bra Brad­bury writes

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