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Unelected Commissioners Need To Learn Their Place


Responding to an interview from Anne
Tolley on Newstalk ZB this morning
, where the Tauranga
City Council Commission Chair warned against going back to
elected councillors as it would bring back the “old
guard” and make the city go “backwards”, Alex Murphy,
Spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Union, said:

“It’s no
surprise that an unelected official with the ability to make
massively influential decisions doesn’t want there to be
another election, but to suggest that Tauranga ratepayers
would be better off without elected councillors is an
absolute disgrace.

“Ratepayers have had to put up
with over three years of unelected bureaucrats managing
their money without any way of voting them out. This isn’t
about whether the commissioners are doing a better job than
their dysfunctional elected predecessors, this is about
ensuring that democracy is upheld, and the people of
Tauranga get their rightful say.

“If Anne Tolley and
the other commissioners believe they are running the city
well, they should stand for election and put their case to
the voters rather than trampling over local
democracy.”

NOTES

The New Zealand
Taxpayers’ Union
is an independent and
membership-driven activist group, dedicated to being the
voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. Its
mission, lower taxes, less waste, more
accountability
, is supported by 200,000 subscribed
members and
supporters
 

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