Killaloe – A member of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards (KHR) council has asked the mayor to supply a second set of the township’s financial books which he alleged the mayor said existed during his campaign for the October 24 vote.
Councillor Brian Pecoskie told council he has been receiving calls from some ratepayers regarding things Mayor Dave Mayville and members of his campaign team allegedly said during his campaign about the township’s financial statements and the fact the township had double books.
“They’ve been asking and I said I only have one set of books,” he said, adding he would provide them to any member of the public that wanted to see them.
“I haven’t seen the second set of books, and you have scheduled a finance meeting for January 31st, and if we haven’t been told or shown all these numbers, where is this second set of books and numbers?’, he asked.
“We can’t go ahead with a finance meeting. Me, as a councillor, I don’t know about the other ones, I can’t make decisions if I don’t have all the numbers,” he added.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about, “Mayor Mayville responded. “Double books?
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, double books,” he repeated.
Coun. Pecoskie said he was just relaying what some members of the public had been asking him about.
“Apparently, during your campaign, it was yourself and your campaign team were saying there were double books, double figures, different numbers, So, if there is, we have to see it and if there isn’t, then the public should know that,” he replied.
“It’s got to be transparent, so you have to put it out there,” he continued. “I have to see it; I can’t make a decision on budgeting or finance if I don’t see all these numbers.”
The councillor said he has the numbers from the township accountant in his book, noting if they are the only numbers, he’s fine with that.
“But I need to know that, and so does the public,” he added. “So, are you saying there is or isn’t?”.
“I don’t know where you’re getting double booking from,” Mayor Mayville said.
“You’re the one that said it,” Coun. Pecoskie countered. “I don’t know where it came from, I’m asking you.”
“I know I didn’t say there are two books,” Mayor Mayville said in defence. “How would I know there are two books, Brian?”
Coun. Pecoskie re-iterated people have called him about the second set of books, again stating he has never seen them.
“There is only one set of books that I had with me, and that was the one I printed off, off the internet, which is on the township website,” the mayor explained.
“So, the numbers and figures that we have are the numbers and figures that we should be dealing with, and everything else is rumours,” Coun. Pecoskie asked.
“Rumours, conjecture, whatever you want to call it,” Mayor Mayville replied. “Believe me, I don’t know where this is coming from.”