Editorial - Wednesday, October 23: Expenses can be clear

THERE'S been a bit of heated discussion over our councillor expenses story.

Some have immediately started throwing around the usual "snouts in the trough" comments. Others have rubbished it as a non-story.

The third group of commentators, some of whom are councillors, and the ones I side with on this particular occasion, rationally say, it's public money, disclose the details and eliminate the problem.

Each time we've written about the issue in the past week, we've been abundantly clear there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by councillors.

There's not a problem with elected official claiming expenses, indeed why should they be out of pocket for representing the region?

The council has done nothing wrong in not detailing the expenses because it's never been an issue in the past.

But it is public money and The DEX has raised it as an issue we think is easily addressed. If you feel the same you can raise it with councillors through the submission process.

Jenna Cairney
Editor



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