Sanc­tion coun­cil­lors in ar­rears

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - DER­RICK FEL­LOWS

YOUR re­port “Ar­rears shame” of Au­gust 3, re­gard­ing coun­cil­lors and mu­nic­i­pal staff who are in ar­rears with their mu­nic­i­pal ac­counts, struck a chord with me – a dis­con­cert­ing chord, but a chord nev­er­the­less.

Public rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are un­able to man­age their per­sonal fi­nances will cer­tainly lack the skills nec­es­sary to man­age the town.

An­other point of con­cern is: what do these delin­quent coun­cil­lors do when the town coun­cil dis­cusses ar­rear debts? Do they do the hon­ourable thing and re­cuse them­selves to avoid a con­flict of in­ter­est, or do they sit smugly in the guilty knowl­edge that they are con­tra­ven­ing their oath of of­fice?

I trust that the Speaker will do her duty and ask coun­cil­lors in ar­rears to leave the cham­bers, when next the mat­ter is dis­cussed.

I am also dumb­founded, and dumb­struck by the dumb-headed pro­posal that mu­nic­i­pal staff be of­fered loans to help them pay their ar­rears. Talk about throw­ing good money af­ter bad.

As a pen­sioner and a ratepayer who pays his ac­counts on time ev­ery time, I object to my rates and taxes be­ing used to fund those who, though in gain­ful em­ploy­ment, are so lack­ing in civic re­spon­si­bil­ity they do not pay for the ser­vices they use. It is high time these mis­cre­ants were taken by the scruff of their necks and shown their duty, if not the door.

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