Upset with Shantz motion
Last Monday, about 20 other residents and I attended a special meeting of mayor, council and town officials to discuss the petition being circulated calling for a Government of Alberta audit of the Town of Didsbury.
Residents demanded answers, but to no avail. If you have been away or missed last week’s Didsbury Review you can go online and read the story on the front page. With two highly respected developers cautioning against the Shantz Crossing project, and offering alternatives to moving forward, five of the seven councillors still voted to move ahead with the project and allocate funding of over $3 million.
I asked the five councillors who voted to allocate the additional money to the Shantz Crossing project (without one lot being sold on the property) what their reasoning was. Not one of them would stand up and answer the question. Some turned away, others looked down and one councillor indicated she had already said enough.
For the two councillors who voted against the motion, my hat’s off to you. In the minds of most people it would only seem right that since mayor and council are entrusted with the stewardship of our tax dollars that at least they would publically give their reasons. I challenge each one of the five who voted in favour to put their reasons in writing and make the answers public.
What I would like to suggest is that each taxpaying resident email each of the five councillors asking why they voted for the motion and what was their reasoning. All the email addresses are posted on the town website under ‘town council, mayor and council, council profiles.’ Also, you may want to look at the 2011 audited budget which is also posted. You will find that under ‘Town Services, Financial Reporting and Budget.’ Even if you don’t understand numbers, look at the differences between 2010, 2011, and the 2012 budget. There are some very interesting differences.
If you don’t get a satisfactory reply, then I suggest that every taxpayer in Didsbury sign the petition. The location of the petition is on the east side of 20th Street, between 21st and 22nd Avenue. I would also suggest that if you have some time, stay around for a while and listen to what other people are saying. Personally I was shocked by some of the comments being made about the town and how it is being run. These were not comments by the individuals gathering names for the petition, but comments from taxpayers who came down to sign the petition.
B. M. Swain
A very concerned taxpayer