Turnouts dis­ap­point the Mayor

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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

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