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Old 15th April 2008, 20:20   #1 (permalink)
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Mayor 'Abuses Power' to give Free Water

This from today's Turkish Daily News:

TURAN GÜLTEKİN
İZMİR – Doğan News Agency

The mayor of a small town in İzmir is being accused of “abuse of power” by the Auditor's Office for providing free water to those in his constituency.
During his tenure Dikili Mayor Osman Özgüven, from the Social Democrat People's Party (SHP), made public buses free, obliged bus drivers to drop students off at their homes, provided affordable health services at a municipal clinic, sold bread in municipal bakeries at low prices and did not charge households that use less than 10 tons of water a month.
His initiatives, however, led the Auditor's Office to launch an investigation into his actions, with the inspector accusing Özgüven of “abuse of power” for the "free water" campaign.
Özgüven said his aim was to turn the town into a more livable place. “The auditor filed a report against me because I gave free water to the people and the Council of State filed a complaint,” he said.
He said the campaign aimed to encourage saving water, and those who used more than 10 tons would pay for all of it. “Another complaint was filed because I gave a 50 percent water discount to municipal workers and did not collect the water bills on time. People don't even have the money to buy bread. How can they pay for water?” he said.
Özgüven said he had also angered the bakeries because he sold 225-gram bread for YTL 0.25 while 200-gram bread was sold for YTL 0.4 in most of the country.
He said the health services the municipality provided were cheap, but there were still some who could not afford them. “We don't take money from them,” he said.
The free public buses were the consequence of a cost assessment, he said. “We calculated the fuel cost of the four buses we have. They don't do that many runs anyway so we decided not to charge anything.”
Özgüven said if he were to be tried for what he did, he would gladly face the court. “I have nothing to hide,” said Özgüven.
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Re: Mayor 'Abuses Power' to give Free Water

there should be more like him.
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Old 15th April 2008, 20:53   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Mayor 'Abuses Power' to give Free Water

well I'd be happy to contribute to his legal fees if anything came to it, he sounds like a public hero as long as the budget was Ok
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Wish he'd move to Ireland.
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He should win an award for using some common sense!!
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