18 May 2018

Not true, rarely in this Council

Under the heading of  Rate Capping a shot is taken at everyone's integrity. The words from one eleceted memeber were as follows in last week's Eastern Courier:

Every elected member had their wish list, and to win support, they supported everyone else's wish. We added up the cost and set the rate to pay for it.

I've been on Council now for nearly 14 years and I have seen deals done from time to time but they have mostly been around the positions that are avaialble on election: some come with additional remuneration and others just with power. But when it comes to what is in and out of the budget from my observation merit seems to be the determining feature as to why something is included or not.  This was cheap shot at everyone and  demeans the role of Councillors and our professionality in doing the job. Always, while I have been on Council, we   mindful of the CPI when establishing rates and we  have stayed as close to it as possible while still delivering an improving city.

1 comment:

  1. Cr Bob Schnell22 May, 2018 15:33

    I was appalled by the public comments made by Cr Michael Hewitson.
    Absolutely appalled.
    He reflected poorly on all the other Councillors at Unley.
    I don’t know what prompted such an outburst.