Rant or rave – have your say
the budget within the two weeks’ payment we receive. So no way are we about to please the council. I shall be watering inside my property – particularly the flower bed. The answer to Mayor Tony Lepper I think should have been put into amore sustainable paragraph for the community to understand clearly. Good on Stu Millis for a sensible paragraph. Also, he has through the years done fantastic work to help the community. Let’s keep up the good views of our people.
Moairi Edge, Alexandra
Mayor Tony Lepper’s reply to Stu Millis letter in last week’s Mirror bears comment. Tony said most ratepayers will pay less for water this year than last year. Yes, some will by opting to not water the council-owned grass verges and to minimise water costs on their own sections. Most will choose to save money on their rates and if they can save $100 a year then they will. That’s human nature. What this will mean is Alexandra looking more like a desert and council ratepayer income for water being reduced on an annual basis. The council will soon realise this and to balance their books on water use they will do one of two things: 1) Increase the current annual fee for ratepayers; or 2) Implement a set amount fee for ratepayers as done in the past and dispense with the current water meter system.
Geoff Jones, Alexandra
Thank you for the opportunity to reply to these letters. Mr Millis knows that I will not stand back and let the Government privatise and sell off water supplies. Since taking office I have taken every opportunity to let those in Wellington know who I amand what the people of Central Otago think. I have already rolled up my sleeves and told this Government how it can make significant improvements but thanks for the offer of help. I agree with Moairi and Geoff that some people will choose to make further savings now that we have given them the choice. You are right, that is human nature and many people do struggle on fixed or low incomes. During the debate on this issue these views were well represented and listened to. My point was that if you used water wisely in the past and continued to use it in the same way in the future, you would pay less. In the past, low water users paid the same as high users. We think the cost of water to the average ratepayer will go down. I also agree that community debate is a good thing and some of that needs to be directed to the community boards who control spending on water and the watering of verges. Tony Lepper