Turnouts disappoint the Mayor
Low turnouts to the Waikato District Council’s wastewater cost increase consultation sessions has disappointed the mayor.
Out of 12 sessions, fewer than 200 people attended to learn more about the council’s annual plan and changes that will see targeted wastewater rates increase by between $47 and $254.
‘‘I’m surprised and disappointed by the low turnout. We’re offering three options for consideration by 11,000 of our ratepayers who benefit from wastewater services and we want to ensure they are properly informed and consulted,’’ mayor Allan Sanson said.
The options involve the proposed scale of works the council undertakes to mitigate the risk of wastewater overflows in the district.
‘‘I can only hope that our ratepayers feel they have been informed sufficiently by the printed material we have mailed to them and the video and other explanatory material we have posted on