Ratepayer responds

2015-08-05 06:00

Sir, IN response to the letter by and#034;Concerned ex-Greytown residentand#034; about the extraordinary expenditure on the Mayor, this atrocious waste of ratepayersand#039; money has not gone unnoticed.

In fact it has galvanised a group of concerned ratepayers into resuscitating the ratepayers’ association. That one man thinks his personal needs are paramount to those of thousands of his fellow citizens is an indictment of the sort of public servants who are elected by the populace.

For Umvoti Council to pass payment for such selfish expenditure is also an indictment of the characters of councillors.

Previously the Greytown Ratepayers’ Association had been active on many fronts and did sterling work in ensuring that rates were utilised for the benefit of all ratepayers and residents of Greytown.

Previous mayors understood they had been elected to effectively manage income for the improvement of thousands of peoplesand#039; lives, not just one public servantand#039;s life, so ratepayersand#039; concerns gradually tapered off.

This is about to change as a preliminary meeting of the committee was held last week, and a public meeting will soon be held for ratepayers and residents to commit to getting involved with an efficient and ethical municipal council run by committed and ethical public servants, paid for by farmers and townspeople who want all to benefit from their monthly rates contributions.

Notification of such a meeting will be advertised well in advance for all ratepayers to attend and voice their concerns, and to assist with the running of an organisation committed to all citizens.

Mike Barrow

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