Why should we bother to vote? I raise this question as we are being encouraged to vote for a new Tauranga City councillor.
I believe all councillors are muzzled by the local body law which states councillors are each personally liable, financially, for any losses due to any decision they make!
However, they are not responsible if they get an “expert opinion” on their decision-making!
Because of this all proposals come from TCC staff via their ‘pet experts’. Councillors then decide, knowing they are safe from prosecution.
What was designed as a local body law to stop councillors making crazy decisions now operates as a system which gives control of our city to TCC staff.
So people we never elected run our city how they want to! It makes it very hard to vote.
Ken Evans, Tauranga.