Rates ex­ces­sive

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

The de­par­ture of Simon Calvert from the Cham­ber of Com­merce is a loss for our city.

Simon en­gaged with the coun­cil in his ad­vo­cacy for busi­ness devel­op­ment and I en­joyed de­bates with him.

I wish him well and thank him for his ef­forts.

Nev­er­the­less, he (and the coun­cil) must set out clearly for ratepay­ers the sums of money that have been spent, and will shortly be spent, in the fur­ther devel­op­ment of the city cen­tre.

Simon is wrong when he says I ad­vo­cate ‘‘sit­ting on the side­lines’’ in re­la­tion to the city cen­tre ex­pen­di­ture (Letters, Novem­ber 30). I have sup­ported heavy in­vest­ment over a pe­riod of 20 years but be­lieve that we must ask our­selves who pays and who ben­e­fits.

The heavy ad­ver­tis­ing the coun­cil un­der­takes to con­vince ratepay­ers that all is well cuts no ice with me: the rates in Porirua City are ex­ces­sive and there is no cred­i­ble plan to ad­just them down­ward. - ROBERT SHAW,

Pa­pakowhai.

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