Opinion

Mantra fails to serve public

To the Editor,

‘You have to pay good money to get good people.’

This is the never-ending wail of civil service bureaucrats, be they federal, provincial, civic or other.

Also, hired bureaucrats can find ways to make their position very lucrative with salary, benefits, sick days and pensions, many well above the income of the people who have hired and pay them – the taxpayer.

Taxpayers hire expensive managers to handle the affairs of taxpayers. We have recently seen the building of the new city hall, which is another created mess. When the details of the costs were made evident it was inferred that existing office furniture was to be used. Even more unacceptable was that the contract was given to an out-of-city supplier for one-tenth of one per cent in savings. Does this show good taxpayer management?

D.F. Connors

Nanaimo

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