Ratepay­ers op­pose paving way

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

I deeply re­sent, and protest in the strong­est terms, ratepayer’s money be­ing used to sub­sidise a $95,000 ‘‘cost over-run’’ on the foot­path al­ter­ations out­side Ferg­burger in Shotover St.

This is clearly a highly suc­cess­ful and lu­cra­tive busi­ness which should pay the en­tire ex­pense of ac­com­mo­dat­ing its mass of cus­tomers.

At a time of fi­nan­cial con­straint when fund­ing is not avail­able for far more wor­thy and nec­es­sary projects this is a se­ri­ous ab­ro­ga­tion of QLDC fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

David Hay, Queen­stown

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Jon Mitchell: This is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. Why should ratepay­ers and other eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments pay­ing foot­path dining levies be sub­si­dis­ing a busi­ness that is re­duc­ing park­ing, con­strict­ing an al­ready over­loaded street, and com­pet­ing against other sim­i­lar busi­nesses. The whole process is highly ques­tion­able and the out­comes ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing. When my par­ents owned the site that much of Ferg’s is on now, back in the 60s to mid-70s, when they built Queen­stown’s first shop­ping mall and es­tab­lished the dis­trict’s first BYO restau­rant, they didn’t ex­pect ratepayer hand­outs. When they owned busi­nesses in then Bal­larat St now The Mall, they had to pay for ‘‘new’’ car parks off Church St as The Mall was es­tab­lished. They were all for pedes­tri­an­is­ing down­town Queen­stown back then, and were pre­pared to pay for it – even when the top tax rate was 66 per cent. Why on earth does Ferg’s de­serve a coun­cil man­dated ratepayer hand­out in this day and age? This is quite bizarre.

Car­rie Whyte: Isn’t it stan­dard prac­tice if your busi­ness out­grows it’s premises you move? They should’ve taken over the build­ing that Out­side Sports was in and made a Mega Ferg venue!

Vladka Kennett: Ab­so­lutely out­ra­geous and to­tally un­ac­cept­able!!! How is it pos­si­ble in a demo­cratic coun­try that the tax­pay­ers sup­port a PRI­VATE busi­ness???? From their own pock­ets? EX­CUSE ME????

Coral Dou­glas: That’s in­sane!! I feel my rates would be far bet­ter spent else­where!! We should not be prop­ping up pri­vate busi­ness!! Not on!!!

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