Cut the rates
Regarding your article by Heather McCracken titled One city proposal ‘stinks’ (Wednesday, April 2).
Who thought up this little lot?
The idea sounds good but have the powers that be at the head of the Auckland City Council actually done market research on the costs of running the new plan and all the extra office workers, builders, etc?
Or is it a case of go ahead, the ratepayers will be paying for it?
Twenty-one neighbourhoods in four geographical areas, all with their own ‘sub’ mayor.
David Hay says: “What’s happening now regionally is not working.”
It is their job to make things work and if not, find out why not and correct matters – which of course is not happening.
Mayor John Banks, who so far looks as if he’s an improvement on the last mayor, has said: “There was a poor response to elections by ratepayers”.
Well, that actually said it all!
In my opinion it is because ratepayers all know that the council does not listen to ratepayers anyway, with most cash from rates consistently going into works in the CBD area and millions of dollars into regular upgrades of the town hall, library and art gallery.
What is the point of storing art in safe keeping in an ‘air controlled’ environment (more expense).
It should be out there for people to see or sell it, with proceeds going towards lowering rate increases.
When are they going to put the brakes on expenses funded by the ratepayers?
Safety fears: Pt Chevalier RSA president Angus McKeller and member Paddy Ensor at the damaged refuge on Great North Road.