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To the Editor. Sib, —I beg to bring before the notice of contractors a fact which will probably alter the present low prices at which work is taken in the Mount Hutt district. I, among others, tendered for certain works, and, on completion of the same, having my jobs passed, naturally looked for my cheque at the usual monthly meeting of the Board. I took the work a very low figure, and expected my cheque, so as to have funds to pay men and bills. But you may judge of the disappointment I and some ten or a dozen other contractors experienced, when we were informed that, owing to the Board’s funds having been placed in tho Bank on fixed deposit, they would have to wait until the interest matured, before they could draw their money. I may state that we (the contractors) have taken work at very low prices, on the understanding that payments would bo made by the Board in a manner similar to that followed by other Road Boards In the County—that i's, a cheque on first sitting of the Board after the work is passed. As the matter stands contractors cannot pay their accounts, or their wages men, and their creditor (the Board) has plenty money to do it with. I am, ike., Horse Scoop.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 36, 18 December 1879

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ROAD BOARD CONTRACTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 36, 18 December 1879