Let ratepayers elect mayor
There is growing support for the election of the mayor by the community. Facebook polls, which are now closed, reflected this — 464 in favour of the community electing the mayor to 22 against.
Although some councillors have expressed their opinions, some have been very quiet. This goes against the Local Government ( Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, which states they have to be “open and accountable to the public; and base decisions on relevant and factually correct information”.
Councillors have steadfastly refused to poll their wards to gauge the support for a mayor elected by the community.
This issue is practically the same as the campaign to open the standing committees to the public back in 2005/ 2006; the councillors initially refusing to support the motion ( three times) and putting no credible argument against it, then doing a 180- degree turnaround and supporting almost the same motion that had been put forward 12 months earlier.
To have the standing committees open to the public was an issue that had plenty of support which the council ignored until they ran out of excuses not to open them.
So far there has been no relevant or constructive argument against letting the community elect their mayor, and in my opinion, the egos and ambitions of some councillors who see themselves as a future mayor are prejudicing the support for this initiative and getting in the way of “the right thing to do”.