This waste would bank­rupt rest of us

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

RE: Your ar­ti­cle on Ash­ford’s coun­cil tax rate for the com­ing year (March 1). A rate of 4.85 per cent is not any­where near the low­est re­ported (4.2 per cent I be­lieve) and in fact is only 1.5 per cent be­low the fig­ure which could trig­ger in­ter­ven­tion by the Gov­ern­ment as be­ing ex­ces­sive. Also, com­pared with the in­crease in stan­dard state pen­sions of 3.6 per cent for re­tired tax­pay­ers, they will need to try to tighten their belts even fur­ther. Or raid their pre­cious, di­min­ish­ing sav­ings, which were in­tended for slim com­forts in “old age”. The profli­gacy of all coun­cils is le­gion – how many of their al­ready well-paid staff were given bonuses at the end of last year? And what had they done be­yond their nor­mal easy ser­vices to de­serve that? The dread­ful waste of time and our monies on the re­hashed leisure cen­tre is an­other mat­ter which sticks in our gul­lets. And who dreamed up the stupid and ex­pen­sive “Gate­way” scheme in the cen­tre of high-value com­mer­cial space in the cen­tre of the town? If any firm or in­di­vid­ual car­ried on as th­ese peo­ple do, they would quickly find them­selves bank­rupt. P. O’Ke­effe, Turn­ers Av­enue, Ten­ter­den.

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