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As the date of the next lo­cal body elec­tions is near­ing, I think it is now an ap­pro­pri­ate time to ask the ‘con­tes­tants’ to make a com­mit­ment that bar­ring se­ri­ous ill­ness or in­jury they will com­mit to com­plete their three-year term.

Fol­low­ing the last lo­cal body elec­tions in 2013 it was only a mat­ter of a few months be­fore the bright lights of Welling­ton ap­pealed to Jono Nay­lor and he re­signed his po­si­tion on the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil. The re­sult­ing by-elec­tions cost the ratepay­ers of Palmer­ston North $250,000 plus GST.

This type of un­bud­geted ex­pense must be avoided, hence the need to get a com­mit­ment from the ‘con­tes­tants’.

Dennis Dick­in­son, Palmer­ston North

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