The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1914 TO DAY'S ELECTION.
Today tho ratepayers in the Akaroa Borough will ba asked to register their vote for or against the proposal to raise another £1000 to complete the electric light scheme. To our mind every ratepayer who voted for the main electric light loan will not hesitate to sanction the borrowing of the additional £1000 When the reservoir vfa's built on L'Aube bill and Balguerie creek linked up, it was stated most definitely by the Lighting Committee that 'tvh was only part of the scheme, and to simplify matters the If gal business of obtaining ease ment for the pipe line was put in hand, the line to the Grehan Valley creek was surveyed, and the ease ments all fixed up, It is always diffi • cult to estimate how the best laid plans of mice and men will eventuate, and Balguerie creek might have accommodated all those hoaseholders who were willing to take the light The Council certainly offered residents splendid terms upon which to take the light, and the townspeople have rea lized this to the full, so that it is only a matter of time when practically avery house will be lit by electricity. Some critics have declared that the fact that the Council now wishes to link up Greban Valley creek is a proof thai the electric light scheme is a failure. This is very much beside the l mark, as tho linking up of the Grehau Valley creek is the best proof Kb® Council has of the success o£ ftbe scheme. There is no difficulty about the sale of current for lighting, purposes, and the proceeds from,the sale of power for day use ie,ap small item, but when the OoupeiH can, offer s guarantee tbat U>e. power for My uses is secure thgre will be a muoh bigger [i sale. As was. stated at the ratepayers \ meeting,, tha proposal to raise the! extra £1000 is a sound proposition. ; The consumers will pay for the outlay, 'I .and no rate will be collected from the i) »on consumer In fact, we can. see I SO authentic reason any ratepayer? oan give for opposing the loan. Mr. Hon- j niog can hardly be plan to build another reservoir near Balguerie creek. We. think that if the loan iak carried he will find that tk&. Qr,aban Valley creek will hajve quite, enough water left in it after being'tapped, and the result will b$ nptj,Qnly that in a dry season a certain amount will always be assured for the reservoir, but that neither Grehan nor Balguerie Valley will foel the loss of the water required from the joint creeks. We hope that ratepayers will show their interest in the loan proposal and record their opinions to day. The Mayor and Councillors have done their best to put the position very clearly before the ratepayers, and the latter should take the trouble to record their votes. The electric light has been a great boon to Akaroa, both in street and house lighting, and all who have the progress of the town] ntheart should sane :cn tho borrow- ,
)g of the extra £1000 to complete ne of the most success r ul underikings in the borough.