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ROLL-STUFFING., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
TO THE EDITOR. Sik,—Your leader of last evening re the alleged attempt to stuff the burgess roll of the City is to my mind, in so far as its reference to myself, most ungenerous, and grossly unfair. My contention at the Council was, and still is, that they had no power to deal with the majority of the applications at all. My protest (hurriedly drawn up, I admit) sufficiently shows this : and yet you apparently wish your readers to infer that I was in favor of tho names being added, and thus, bv your reasoning, desirous of seeing the roll’ stuffed. I contend that tho ratepayers’ roll must be made up from the burgess list, which is prepared from the valuators’ roll, and objections to that list either to take names off or put them on must be dealt with in strict conformity with subsections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of clause 43 of the Act. This it will be seen is borne out by the sixth schedule to the Act. You may attach “no importance to my protest or to my reading of the Act." I may say that I attach as little importance to yours; but for the reasons given above I trust that you will do me the justice to withdraw the insinuations you have made, -lam, etc., H. S. Fish, Jun. Dunedin, May 18. TO THE EDITOR, am not one to advocate the unnecessary expenditure of the City funds in any way; but am of the opinion that a question of such importance to the ratepayers as keeping the burgess roll free from bogus, dummy, or fagot voters should receive more attention than it has done at the hands of the ratepayers. I would suggest that the Council should advertise that all claims are open for inspection, then those interested the ratepayers would, no doubt, avail themselves of the opportunity given. I think I remember seeing in your advertising columns a short time since an intimation to that effect from one of the suburban boroughs. The City Council might take the hint and do likewise, for then the burgesses themselves could object if they would only take the trouble. I notice that there was not a single objection by any ratepayer or councillor lodged against the addition of the bogus applicants to the roll. Now, this should not be, but duo publicity should be given ; then, no doubt, this stuffing for trade, partisan, or other purposes would receive its quietus from an enlightened but now uninformed public.—l am, etc., A Property Owner. Dunedin, May 18.
[The notice to ratepayers referred to by our correspondent is a “ statutory one, which the City Council seern to think sufficient if accorded the scantiest publicity. When the Council want their announcements to be read they take good care that they are advertised more thari once and are not relegated to the “ contract ” paper. Comment is needless.—Ed, E S.]
ROLL-STUFFING., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
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