Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Stop the Ripp-offs, end the rorts and corruption.

City Council exposed as the puiblic speak put

Today's Herald-sun editorial is another example of whet the community thinks. John SO and the City Council administration only act when they are caught out, Where is the elected Council and why are they not at the forefront of the effort to expose and stop these scandalous events. The corruption of the Council administration is only brought to account following intensive investigations by the State Ombudsman department. This is not the first time the issue infringement quotas has been an issue with the City of Melbourne. There have been numerous previous occasions where the issue of quotas has arisen and the Council each time says it will put an end to the corrupt practice, but the desire to raise more revenue to pay for luxury staff and councillor overseas junkets is too great. In the meantime the State Government and elected Council remain mum about it all, to busy bought out by the lurks and perks of luxury overseas travel and fringe benefits, Its time they acted and represented the interest of their electorate and PUT A STOP TO THE RIP-OFFS

The parking rip-off

MOTORISTS will be angry indeed to learn the extent to which greedy municipal councils are ripping them off with parking fines.

The Herald Sun reveals today that in the years 2004-07, 11 inner-city councils we investigated are expected to have raised more than $200 million from this source Motorists will be even angrier to learn that some councils set minimum targets for the "grey ghosts" who plague them with tickets.

Our investigation established that, not content with using fines as a revenue-raising exercise, the councils also rake in about $40 million a year from parking meters and paid parking.

Meanwhile, the racket expands, with meters installed around Albert Park Lake and planned for shopping strips such as Chapel St, High St and Glenferrie Rd.

Critics say this short-sighted avarice will lead to the death of local shopping and divert customers to shopping centres.

Ever since the Kennett government amalgamated Melbourne councils, ratepayers have noticed two things:

A DECLINE in service.

A CORRESPONDING increase in municipal bureaucracy, in which the big winners have been council executive officers, some of whom get paid more than the Premier.

As councils forecast increasing rates over the next few years, they milk motorists and waste money on pointless overseas junkets and other spending of doubtful relevance to ratepayers -- for example, Melbourne City Council's $20,000 support for "mentoring" graffiti vandals.

Not only councils are guilty. Motorists are also the targets of the Bracks Government's unfair tax on inner-city parking.

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