Letter: Spending caution?

Last updated 12:00 29/01/2013

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OPINION: Can this be true? Is it local body election year already?

I was surprised to learn that Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt seems to be now preaching caution in the council's approach to the proposed A to B yacht race, with its unknown costs-to-benefits ratio.

I thought I heard a herd of Auckland Island piggies flapping their wings overhead as I read the article in Saturday's Southland Times.

If Mr Shadbolt is truly serious about spending "caution" we anxious ratepayers can only await an outcome that won't further imperil our already precarious incomes. Let's hope it's not just electioneering fluff.

As a ratepayer of both the regional and city councils I also strongly urge Environment Southland chairwoman Ali Timms and Tim to meet, sit down and have a quiet chat and a coffee. First checking for suspicious packages left on nearby tables, of course.

I'm sure a nice chat, without attendant personal baggage, will help clear the air to the benefit of affected ratepayers, who, lest they forget, happen to pay both their generous salaries.

BARRY MUNRO
Invercargill

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