THE BOROUGH COUNCIL’S CLAIM ON THE LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD.
To the Editor.
Sir, —Will you allow me to reply to some remarks contained in a letter written to the Ashburton papers by the Mayor of Ashburton.
I am charged, as chairman of the Longbeach Road Board, with a desire to repudiate what he calls “a fair and just debt,” because I have, in my place in the County Council, maintained that the Borough Council could have no claim on the funds of the County Council, and that neither had they any right to nc oney after it had been paid to the Road Board. That there can be no claim against the County Council is certain, as it would be illegal if granted. In order to ascertain whether the Borough have any right to the money paid to the Road Boards, it will be only necessary to state the mode adopted by the Council in the appropriation of the last grant to the several Road Boards. The sums were apportioned to the several Boards in exact proportion to the number of acres sold within each district. . In fact, returning a portion of the money to each district as having been contributed by the same district. The question as regards the Longbeach Road Board is simply this : Did the claim of the Borough form any part in estimating the amount to be paid ; in other words did the Board receive any money for the Borough ? It did not receive one shilling. How then can it bo maintained that money can be “justly due” from the Board on their account'? This, I submit, sir, clearly proves the claim to he senseless as against the Longbeach Board only. If any sum he due to the Borough, it must be due equally from all the Road Boards in the County, as they have each shared the sum
divided, no sum having been credited to the Borough previous to the sub-division.. Clearly, therefore, if the Borough was entitled to any part, it should have formed a factor in the calculation previous to the distribution.—lam, Ac., John Geigg. Longbeach, July 12, 1880.
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