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BARRY EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY.

MRS. G RUNDY'S JOTTINGS.

CORRESPONDENCE.

THE COST OF COLLECTION OF…

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THE COST OF COLLECTION OF LOCAL RATES. REPLY BY THE SECRETARY OF THE BARRY RATEPAYERS' ASSOCIATION. To the Editor of the BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIR,—The Chairman of the District Council evidently seems to be labouring under the delusion that the Ratepayers' Association consists of only one or two dissatisfied individuals, and are merely taking up the work of the Association for the pur- pose of gaining notoriety, and that they can be effectively disposed of by a display of cheap witticism. How far this is from the truth the District Council will learn in due course. The Chairman mentioned the fact that no rate- payer had commented upon our statement of cost. That, sir, is for the very reason that no figures are available for the ratepayers. The Council have a very simple way of putting salaries (excepting chief officials) through as petty cash in the minutes, with the result that it would be much easier to find a needle in a bundle of hay than to find the cost of collecting the rates from the minutes and accounts deposited in the Library. The District Council have had our figures before them since January, and [so far have failed to dis- prove them in total. They are able, I believe, to alter them in detail, but cannot disprove the total. for the very simple reason that we have under estimated the cost for Barry. Our purpose as an Association in publishing the figures is to put before the ratepayers of this town in as simple a manner as possible details which are not placed before the public, and which we consider they have a right to knuw. We hope next autumn to be in a position to place before them details of the cost of collecting rates in several other towns. We had hoped the Council would have been able to explain the reason why the cost of collecting has so enormously increased during the last seven years. We are quite willing to be educated on that point, but we hope the Chairman of the Council will bring a little more logic to bear upon it than he did recently on a certain picture- framing contract. The remarks he then made were deliberately offensive to a ratepayer of the town. I fail to see if one man can be a builder, stationer, and tobacconist, why another man may not be a picture frame maker and a postman ? It seems rather like the old tale of the crock and the kettle. Evidently some of our councillors thought the Ratepayers' Association had died a natural death, but I can reassure them. We are in a very healthy condition, and can stand any amount of sitting on. In conclusion, 1 would remind the Council of the words of Lord Rosebery—" Every town which has an elected body to govern it should have its has an elected body to govern it should have its Ratepayers' Association. It must be a real and active body."—Faithfully yours, GEORGE SPEKE, Secretary Barry Ratepayers' Association. 110, High-street, Barry, March 13th, 1906.

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