What are we pay­ing for?

The Rep - - IN OUR POSTBAG -

SAN­DRING­HAM res­i­dent writes: The ratepay­ers of this town pay rates and taxes for ser­vice which in­cludes streets, street lights, traf­fic law and or­der, con­trol noise lev­els in res­i­den­tial ar­eas and keep­ing our town clean, among oth­ers.

We have called the elec­tric­ity faults depart­ment no less than 10 times in the past month re­quest­ing our street lights be re­paired as we have had none for the past six to eight weeks. Still no re­pairs and no lights. I am un­able to speak to any se­nior staff on the phone and am told the town only has one truck de­spite all the money we pay!

Cat­tle walk all over the neatly groomed pave­ment which we main­tain, al­though this is a ser­vice we pay for and do not re­ceive. When we com­plain to the cat­tle herder he tells us it is his demo­cratic right.

I walked our dog on a leash, but can no longer do this as other dogs get out of their yards and at­tack us. In the past there was a law re­gard­ing dogs and we paid taxes for this. If they were on the street they would be im­pounded.

The noise! Neigh­bours sit in their ve­hi­cles in their driveways play­ing ra­dios at top vol­ume and refuse to turn them down as it is ‘their demo­cratic right’, not to men­tion the church across the na­tional road. No re­sponse from the peo­ple we pay our hard-earned money to for ser­vices and law and or­der – the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Pave­ment trees are no longer pruned in spite of beg­ging, which is the cause of street light prob­lems. I have to con­tend with taxi driv­ers block­ing my way while drop­ping peo­ple off wher­ever they like, no mat­ter how il­le­gal it is.

As a ratepayer I feel there is no law and or­der that I am bat­tling to pay for. I will there­fore no longer pay rates un­til my needs are met – oth­er­wise I’d like to know from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­actly what I am pay­ing for.

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