LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Interesting to read the proposed councillors’ views on what they will do for Queenstown. Sadly, only one mentioned our debt
($85.5 million), which is a disgrace and a shame on previous councils.
Whether councillors like it or not, running a town this size is a business and the books should balance every year. The easy way out is to to shove it onto the ratepayers.
It is not the ratepayers’ responsibility to pay for council’s overspending. It is also not the ratepayers that should even be considered to pay for a convention centre, that none of us will ever use. I thought user-pays was the way. Let some business person build and operate it. It is an individual business. Council is not there to take gambles on running business, it is there to run the area and the services that are needed, for its people.
There should be a freeze put on rates. They are too high already for people to live here that are not in the million dollar bracket - that’s your workers, retirees, middle class people who were born and bred here, who worked hard to make the town a place for people to enjoy. Sadly, it is not a place for people to enjoy anymore.
Instead of a holiday place to relax, it has become a nightmare, and unless council stop letting developers break up more land for a few years and just develop what we already have, old houses and land, then people will stop coming. The town cannot cope - simple!
All councillors need to remember that they need to listen to the people because they are put there by the people, for the people and they are paid servants. Sewerage, roads, rubbish, water, footpaths and green areas, these are all the problems they need to keep running smoothly.
Sections and land that belong to the council, actually belong to the people. It’s their assets too and before council thinks of selling land off for cheaper housing...remember, its all been done before by previous councils, and these people stay for a while and when a price rise comes, they all sell, take the profit and go. So perhaps council should lease the land on a 100 year term, giving council an income and the town and its people still have an asset.
Things need to change for the town and its people. Locals have lost their lifestyle.
Regarding the Otago Regional Council. This needs to go off our rates. This is just another area dragging off us all. Those areas need to stand on their own feet. The local people, ratepayers, deserve a better deal than what previous councils have given us.
When the new elected councillors take their seats they need to have some business knowledge, some people skills and know when to stop spending other people’s money. We need brains, good thinking and wisdom to get our town back on a debt free road, so we can get our lifestyle back.
We need councillors who know when to stop spending other people’s money, writes J McLaren.