Coun­cil to blame

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I won­der if all th­ese hate let­ters to­ward Cr Cor­ban is be­ing used as a way to de­tract from the main is­sues.

The coun­cil spent more than $80,000 on a dog that at­tacked two rab­bits.

The coun­cil lost in the high court to the tune of $380,000 plus costs.

The coun­cil has had a blowout to the tune of $250,000 on a waste­water plant.

The coun­cil erected a sports sta­dium that has in­creased our rates in our district where we have peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

All of th­ese in­ci­dences have hap­pened un­der what we thought were the eyes and ears of our ratepay­ers, the elected coun­cil mem­bers.

Th­ese coun­cil mem­bers in the year of an elec­tion are now try­ing to push the blame on to staff mem­bers and blind us with a coun­cil roll book, when if they did their jobs as paid elected mem­bers they WOULD have picked up th­ese mis­takes way be­fore we in­ad­ver­tently picked up the bill.

In re­gards to H Lodge’s let­ter, we may not be in debt like other coun­cils but when you look at the towns you have men­tioned how do those towns look? How is em­ploy­ment there?

Be­cause those very towns you men­tion do not look run down, they look fan­tas­tic.

And they at­tract tourists, which in turn cre­ates wealth within their dis­tricts which then cre­ates jobs.

South Waikato has one of the high­est rates of peo­ple mov­ing to Aus­tralia.

I would rather have a small amount of debt and em­ploy­ment fig­ures up, than no debt and a dy­ing town.

So while th­ese clowns try and blind you with at­ten­dance records, or grand­stand on shar­ing their wealth – re­mem­ber we can get rid of this ex­pired stock in Oc­to­ber. It’s time this district stands up and votes.

M Smith, Toko­roa

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