THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION!
The date fixed for the annual election of our municipal governing bodies is rapidly approaching, but so far we have observed very few signs of public interest in this important business. Auckland has never been /remarkable for any display of enthusiasm over municipal affairs, and this year, so far as present indications go, does not seem likely to provide an exception to the rule. ,Yet there never was a time when the city more urgently needed the best civic ability at_ its disposal for the conduct of its public business. We have on hand a long list of. expensive and indispensable public works, of which the drainage scheme and the water supply alone will demand the most ct "ul financial management. The city is g . .ring rapidly, and with each successive year fresh duties and responsibilities accumulate 1 upon the shoulders of our* local administrators. And •it happens that this year it will be exceedingly difficult -to maintain that continuity of policy so desirable hi municipal affairs, because a considerable proportion, of the City Council ■will be replaced by new members." We understand that for Various reasons—chiefly on account of the inroads made by public duties on private business — several of the City Councillors have decided not to stand for reelection, and we believe-that a similar difficulty has to be faced in some of the suburban borough councils, notably in Grey Lynn. To fill these vacancies will be no easy task, for it cannot be denied ■ that the position of city or borough, councillor entails serious inconvenience and loss of time upon anyone Whti accepts it. No man can con- ! seientiously discharge such duties without sacrificing something of his personal cotirifoi't and his material interests to the welfare of his town; and it is not surprising that with the constant growth in the volume of our municipal business, it becomes increasingly difficult to find suitable candidates for positions on our public bodies. However, the difficulty has to be faced, and we have sufficient confidence in the public spirit of our leading citizens to believe that it can. be successfully overcOiiie. What is chiefly needed just now. seems to be a .greater amount of interest in city affairs on the part of the general public, ' and we trust that the importance, of the public concerns involved and our own direct personal share in them will induce every ratepayer to take an active pairt in the coining municipal elections. . ■ I
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