Port Chalmers,—The regular meeting of this Council was held yesterday. Present The Mayor, Crs Gardner, Pedlow, Watson, Schumacher, Bead, Mitchell, Pullar, M'Kenzie, Millar, Putnam, and Perry.—The Mayor wished to make a few remarks upon the reference made at the last meeting by Cra Murray and Pullar to the Quarry Company's account and the Works Committee's administration. He had challenged the correctness of CrPullar's figures in Btating that the Works Committee had during the last three months been expending funds at the rate of L 1,122 per annum, while the total amount available was only L 520 for the whole twelve months, and Cr Pullar, in return, challenged him (iho Mayor) to prove them incorrect. He had accepted the position, and had prepared a statement of the accounts, which showed the amount available for works for the year to be LG2S, including L 236 received as license fees and arrears of rates, in excess of the amount estimated by the Finance Committee. The amount expended for the three months ended sth July was L2BB 4s Sd, from which must be deducted L 96 6s as refuuda for etreet kerbing (chargeable to property holders)and asphalting done for private persons, leaving only Ll9l 18s 8d as the amount chargeable to works for three months, or L 767 14a 8d for the year against the Finance Committee's estimate of LI, 122. If the Works Committee were to incur liabilities during the rest of the year in the sime ratio as previously, the deficiency would be only L 142 13s 6d, not L 602 as stated by Cr Pullar; but it was well known to practical people that the cost of maintaining the streets was much greater in the winter than in the summer months. A tapering off of expenditure of about LlO per month would at the end of the year make income and expenditure balance, but even without lessening the expenditure, the amount due to the Council for arrears, rates, rents, and kerbing and asphalt charges (over L 300) will, when paid, go to the credit of works account, and form an addition to the sum of LG2S ascertained to be available for that purpose. With regard to Cr Murray* reference to the Quarry Company's account, nearly half of it was for asphalt purposes, which would be returned to the Council, L 4 for metal for Beach street, and L 8 for metalling Macandrew road. He (the Mayor) was gratified to see the councillors take an honest interest in keeping down expenditure, but he would not allow such groundless and insulting charges to be made against any committee as had been made by Crs Pullar and Murray. It was decided that Cr Pullar be allowed to reply to the mayor's statement. —Cr Pullar then went through the various ligurcs quoted by tho mayor, and quoted from the Finance Committee's reports, which greatly diiFered. He stated that in addition to the probable income expected they had only received L3B as subsidy instead of L7B. For packet licenses they expected Ll3O, instead of which LIOO had been received. The mayor had also taken it for granted thoy would get in all rates and rents, and also all money for kerbing and asphalting, instead of which they could only expect to get r art, In fact some portion would never be paid. Taking all things into consideration the Finance Committee could not expect that there would be more than L 520 available to Bpend for the twelve months, out of which L2BB 4s 8d had been expended in three months. It was the wish of the Finance Committee to muke the Od rate sufficient for all work required during tho year. They must also keep in view the interest on the loan, as the municipal buildings would have to be paid for this year out of the ordinary revenue, The water supply to shipping had also greatly fallen off, the revenue not being equal to their expectations, and some L6O had been expended for printing, advertising, etc., for three months, while L9O was the estimate for the year. A long discussion ensued, during the course of which Cr Schumacher remarked that he was in favor of improvements being made in the town if even by so doing they incurred debt in the meantime. Cr Millar said some councillors would not be satisfied until they had LI,OOO overdraft.—The Finance Committee recommended that accounts amounting to L7S 6s 9d be passed for payment. The funds in the bank on July 18 were—Debit general account, L 475 13a 7d; credit water account, L 386 8s lOd; accounts to pay, L7B 6s 9d; leaving a debit of L 167 lis 6d. The Committee further reported that in making up a statement of the expenditure for the first quarter accounts had been paid far exceeding the quarter of the amount allocated, and rigid economy for the remainder of the year would not have the effect of keeping the expenditure within the revenue. The amount already expended on public works, streets, footpaths, day labor, and contingencies was at the rate of LI, 122 per annum, while the amount available was at the rate of L 520 per annum. The first clause was adopted, and the latter clause referred back to the Committee.
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MUNICIPAL., Evening Star, Issue 7966, 23 July 1889
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