Ev­ery­one pays

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to city coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers look­ing at who ben­e­fits from the an­nual plan, there is no other con­clu­sion other than our city is be­ing gov­erned for and by the prop­erty own­ers.

Ref­er­ence is con­stantly made to the ratepay­ers and their needs. It’s as though res­i­dents who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries and who rent their homes are non-peo­ple.

The fact that renters and ben­e­fi­cia­ries were of equal value to prop­erty own­ers when it came time to vote in the lo­cal body elec­tions means noth­ing when it comes to the city coun­cil de­cid­ing on pri­or­i­ties for spend­ing. The coun­cil sees it as a sign of progress when it de­cides to spend at $14 mil­lion on mak­ing the city cen­tre more at­trac­tive for peo­ple who can af­ford to spend money on unessen­tial goods sup­plied by Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can multi­na­tion­als.

The coun­cil de­cides to sell the only so­cial hous­ing it owns (Moana Court) be­cause it is a ‘‘drain on ratepay­ers’’. The fact that needy el­derly of our city have nowhere else to live where they can af­ford is ig­nored.

‘‘Porirua City Coun­cil does not have so­cial ser­vices in its poli­cies – that is a re­spon­si­bil­ity of cen­tral gov­ern­ment.’’ There’s no con­sid­er­a­tion that we have a gov­ern­ment whose strat­egy is to deal with debt by cut­ting pub­lic ser­vices.

It’s high time the city coun­cil ac­cepted that ev­ery­one pays for city coun­cil ser­vices. Rents are set at a level to cover rates. In­stead of be­ing con­cerned about ratepay­ers, coun­cil­lors must ac­cept that they are serv­ing the res­i­dents of Porirua.

The res­i­dents in great­est need

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