Rating system unfair
Let’s stop pussy-footing about; the whole rating system is a con with no pretext of fairness.
We pay the second highest rates in the country and the reason is simple: Most of the homes in Porirua are state-owned and the occupants pay no rates.
Come elections, this majority vote for the candidates who promise the most, and why not, it costs them nothing. We mugs, who have worked hard and saved to build or buy our own homes, are lumbered with exorbitant rates to cover the whims of the majority who have partied up big time and take advantage of the corrupt system.
The only fair answer is two words: user pays. Look about you at the financial wastage that is billed to the ratepaying minority, whether or not they want or use them.
The council should concern itself with essential services such as water, sewage, rubbish collection, and leave other specialised services to the users to pay for.
Under the present system I pay the same rates as another household with 10 living it. They use 10 times the water and generate 10 times the sewage, and 10 times the rubbish, etc, etc. Where is the fairness in that?
I was gutted to learn that while we have been struggling to meet the exorbitant rates bills, the council has been squirrelling away $6 million for ‘‘beautification of the city’’. That in itself was bad enough, but when it came to spending our money, the level of corruption really showed its ugly head.
Only selected residents – those in favour of the organisers’ plans – were invited to the public meetings arranged to field ideas on the revamp of Takapuwahia. Even after one meeting had to be abandoned through lack of (selective) advertising, matters remained the same and only those sympathetic to the organisers ideas were invited to the subsequent meetings.
The final meeting was announced at the penultimate meeting but when I went to it the door was locked. It had obviously been shifted so only those of the right viewpoint got their say.
One thing that we did insist on was ‘‘no cabbage trees’’. What did we get? Cabbage trees, shredding their fronds over the surrounding area and wrecking lawn mowers.
Funny that the council prohibits these from its refuse disposal sites.
All I can say is, roll on the super city. Selfish I know, but at least the subsidy of nonratepaying residents will be spread over a wider area and our rates will reduce. A council with wider responsibilities is bound to be less wasteful and look towards the greater good of the region.
Let’s find a fairer system where only those who pay rates have a say in how their money is wasted, or better still, rate the residents of state-owned houses so they share the cost.
- T PHILLIPS, Takapuwahia. (Letter abridged) important discussion that Porirua residents need to engage in, preferably with enthusiasm. - JOHN BURKE,
Mana. about petanque? This is hugely growing but there is no facility.’’
Please note Ken, there is a round petanque court at Aotea Lagoon on the lawn to the east of the lagoon. There is also a group that play croquet on the adjacent lawn. I know they are both usually played on a Friday morning at least.
I am wondering how many councillors ever go there. There are also rose gardens (where weddings often take place), a fernery, picnic barbecue areas, a great kids’ playground and a children’s train runs all the way round some weekends.
Apart from the duck pond, the main lagoon is frequented by blue herons, shags and geese, etc.
Perhaps if he knew all these things were already taking place, Ken wouldn’t have been so keen on a wakeboard park spoiling what is already there. MARGARET HUGHES,