Church fee not waived

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A Can­nons Creek church has failed to get ratepay­ers to pay fees for its build­ing ren­o­va­tion.

The Church of Samoa on Cas­tor Cres asked Porirua City Coun­cil to waive a $3418 fee for the im­pact its build­ing work will have on coun­cil wa­ter, waste­water and stormwa­ter sys­tems.

The church is ex­tend­ing its hall by 255 me­tres and its carpark by 370 me­tres.

As a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion the church is ex­empted from pay­ing coun­cil rates, so its ser­vices are al­ready met by Porirua ratepay­ers.

A $2904 re­cre­ation and civic de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tion has al­ready been waived by the coun­cil, as it was de­cided the build­ing ex­ten­sion did not gen­er­ate in­creased de­mand on the coun­cil’s re­serves net­work, and the coun­cil recog­nised the church’s con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

City coun­cil­lors voted against waiv­ing the de­vel­op­ment im­pact fee, agree­ing ratepay­ers should not fur­ther subsidise the church.

The church’s re­quest to the coun­cil was made by its build­ing con­sul­tant, John Hanna, who ar­gued the church was a non­profit, com­mu­nity group and all church funds came from parish­ioner do­na­tions, so its fee should be waived.

A coun­cil re­port said an un­wanted prece­dent would be set if the church was ex­empted from pay­ing the fee.

The re­port sug­gests the church seek fi­nan­cial help through a coun­cil grant or by sub­mit­ting for in­clu­sion in its an­nual plan.

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