Town Clerk’s Refusal To Release Cost Of Mayor’s' Renovations To Parlour Is Unacceptable - Smith

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:00

Jamaica Labour Party Councillor for the Chancery Hall division of the KSAC, Councillor Duane Smith, has accused the KSAC of trying to cover up the current renovation of the Mayor’s Parlour and other offices at the Council’s Church Street head office in Downtown Kingston.

Councillor Smith said that the renovations being undertaken at this time are unacceptable in this period of austerity.  He also said that in this context, the refusal of the Town Clerk to release the cost of the project and to allow the press to take pictures of the Parlour and other refurbished areas, was an obvious attempt to cover-up the administration’s excesses.

He said “While I could understand the improvements done to the customer service areas of the office, there is no explanation for the Council spending excessively on marble style tiling for the Mayor’s Parlour and installing flat screen television sets in a number of areas including the Councillor’s caucus room, at this time.

Furthermore, I believe the refusal to allow the media access to the relevant areas and cost information so they could have the public make up their own minds on the issue, is a flagrant abuse of the rights of the media and the public to have access to information on how their taxes and fees are being spent by the Mayor and the Council,”

Councillor Smith said “I challenge the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Angela Brown Burke, to justify expenditure for refurbishing her Parlour when the Council does not have the resources to carry out its mandate to clean drains, repair roads, reduce public health threats and pay JPS for streetlights.   The taxpayers, the handcart men and market vendors who try so hard to pay their fees to the Council also need to know if this is what their fees are used for.”

He called on the Mayor and Town Clerk to immediately release to the public the details and costs of the renovations, and to allow the media the access needed to investigate the matter.

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