Cut the rates

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - JOHN STRUTHERS Mt Roskill

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?

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Safety fears: Pt Che­va­lier RSA pres­i­dent An­gus McKeller and mem­ber Paddy En­sor at the dam­aged refuge on Great North Road.

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