Coming in under-budget on council operational costs is a pleasant …

Comment on Council: one third of budget still unspent by John Bell.

Coming in under-budget on council operational costs is a pleasant change from the councils down here in Mexico Melbourne south of the border.

Down here, more than a third of our Mayors are on salaries of in excess of $100,000 pa, have exorbitant annual budgets for councillors’ “professional development”(a euphemism for overseas junkets to climate change conferences and the like), impose dodgy extra rates for garbage bin collection to get around the rates cap, and rort their travel allowances.

I give Damien and councillors a glass half full tick for their operational costs.

If they could somehow go against the trend and use the operational surplus to ease the rates burden, the Alice council would set a gold standard that would put our councils down here to shame.

Recent Comments by John Bell

Alice has hottest day on record
Evelyne, you send a timely message of optimism to Alicians for 2019. It is most welcome, I am sure, to the townspeople as the Deniers v Alarmists heat up in the Great Climate Change Debate. My money is on the Deniers.


Alice has hottest day on record
Uh! Oh! Climate Change! Head for the hills!


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@ Evelyne Roullet: Let’s face it. Bob Collins had a significant self interest in making that comment as a pollie representing the NT.
Was Bob and his fellow pollies’ failure to see things going downhill, even all those years ago, perhaps part of the long-entrenched problem that led to the sorry state of affairs now?


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@Bob Beadman. That is a comment worth thought. But that was a long time ago – in a different world. Agree with you that Canberra is La La Land. However, the local pollies have had plenty of opportinities, only to blow it big time. In today’s environment, Territory administration surely can be effectively controlled by locals delivering vital services to give Territorians a good quality of life, do you think?


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
Independent MPs have their own individual agendas. They are smaller versions of the major parties. It is hardly likely that they would get together to bring fiscal responsibility back as a Territory priority.
Badly needed: Dennis Stevenson to gather support for an abolition of the NT Self Government Act 1978.


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