Canopy costs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

With re­gard to the may­oral can­di­date fo­rum ar­ti­cle [ KMN, Septem­ber 28]. I thought it pru­dent to pro­vide some clar­ity on the $250,000 paid [by coun­cil] to the Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce and Canopy Con­nec­tion.

$150,000 of this is a self­im­posed tar­geted rate on com­mer­cial prop­erty only. This is col­lected un­der the Rat­ing Act to run a Main­street pro­gramme (Canopy Con­nec­tion) and it does not come from the gen­eral rate.

This fund is used as a self help pro­gramme to pro­mote the area and Porirua as a des­ti­na­tion. Coun­cil and ratepay­ers should cel­e­brate the fact that busi­ness is pay­ing its own share to run pro­mo­tions, events, at­tract busi­ness, shop­pers, and in­vestors to the city and the ben­e­fits that this brings to the city.

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