The Taxpayers’ Union has called for the implementation of a recall option for local body politics.
The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to give localÂ communities the ability to petition for recall elections, after Len Brown’s latest snub to ratepayers has hit the headlines. The Herald on Sunday is reporting that Len Brown has had aÂ private bathroom and dressing roomÂ installedÂ behind aÂ bookshelf in the Mayor’s office. The secret rooms have costÂ ratepayers $30,000.
The Union’s Executive Director,Â Jordan Williams, says:
“A secret dressing room, complete with a two seater couch, is a luxury lair, not value for money for ratepayers.”
“Councillors have already censuredÂ Len Brown for misusing funds but clearly the line in the sand is being ignored. Mr Brown’s refusal to talk to media says a lot about his respect for ratepayers and his fellow councillors.”
“It’s time theÂ Government gave ratepayers a voice between elections.Â AÂ recall option would enable ratepayers to petition for a vote to fire a shameless politicians who lacksÂ any respect for those who pay the bills.”