Ry­der takes one last swing at Car­bon­ear coun­cil

The Compass - - OPINION - — Ross Ry­der writes from Car­bon­ear

Edi­tor’s note: the fol­low­ing let­ter was first pub­lished on­line at www.bn­com­pass.ca on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 18, 2013

In view of the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, I would like to pro­vide a “Term in Re­view” of the present Car­bon­ear town coun­cil. Since be­ing elected in the last elec­tion this coun­cil, in my opin­ion, has done noth­ing to im­prove the Town of Car­bon­ear. Dur­ing this term they have spent our tax dollars un­wisely and I will present some in­for­ma­tion that has been re­ceived by me from the town of­fice.

Salary in­creases for of­fice staff have in­creased con­sid­er­ably over this term with our town ad­min­is­tra­tor re­ceiv­ing in ex­cess of $80,000 and our di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions re­ceiv­ing $72,000 an­nu­ally. In ad­di­tion, the num­ber of of­fice staff has in­creased also. Th­ese in­creases con­tinue each year while other gov­ern­ments slash their bud­gets and spend­ing in or­der to stay within their fi­nan­cial means. This in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived and paid for by my own funds.

Now it has been over a year since this same coun­cil im­ple­mented our fa­mous “town logo” and as stated in a pre­vi­ous let­ter to this pa­per it is time for this coun­cil to let the tax­pay­ers know how many new busi­nesses were at­tracted to Car­bon­ear be­cause of this logo, which, by the way, cost the tax­pay­ers $85,000.

Then there is the Targa race, which brought no rev­enue to the town what­so­ever. In­stead, it cost the tax­pay­ers ad­di­tional monies as town em­ploy­ees hastily pre­pared for this spec­tac­u­lar event last fall. We are sub­ject to wit­ness this event again this year at our ex­pense.

Then there is the waste­less spend­ing of our taxes to in­stall cam­eras around town to catch hard-nosed crim­i­nals for dump­ing garbage around town. I ask, “how many did you catch and what penal­ties were im­posed on th­ese in­di­vid­u­als for their ac­tions?”

And for the great­est waste­ful spend­ing of our tax dollars let us not for­get what th­ese in­di­vid­u­als did last Oc­to­ber when they sent four in­di­vid­u­als to Toronto to at­tend a con­ven­tion of In­ter­na­tional Shop­ping Malls at a cost of over $7,500 from the cof­fers of the town hall.

Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als were trav­el­ling in style, stay­ing at the Royal York Ho­tel at a cost of $264 each, just for rooms. They sure know how to spend our tax dollars wisely. How many busi­nesses were set­ting up shop in our town be­cause of this visit? What a farce. Again, all of this in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived by me and I paid for this in­for­ma­tion my­self.

In the mean­time, the res­i­dents have to drive over the worst roads in the prov­ince while th­ese elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­tinue to spend our tax dollars as they see fit. Peo­ple con­tinue to com­plain about the road con­di­tions, but their com­plaints go un­heard.

I just want to re­mind the tax­pay­ers of Car­bon­ear that when they go to the polls on Sept. 24 to cast their vote, that they keep in mind the waste­ful spend­ing of this cur­rent coun­cil.

There are a num­ber of good can­di­dates that have put their names for­ward for this elec­tion and I commend them for do­ing so.

One thing for cer­tain is that we will def­i­nitely have a min­i­mum of two newly elected coun­cil mem­bers. Whether there will be more, will de­pend on you, the voter. Let’s get out and vote and send a strong mes­sage to this cur­rent coun­cil that we will not tol­er­ate this spend­ing non­sense.

I, for one, will do my part in this elec­tion.

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